Lecture

Prompt a Day

Last month I didn’t give any lectures, but I taught two short courses.

On my favorite topic. Failure.

On meeting new people, I  always tell them that I am a failure…..

Long pause….looking for their confusion. And then they start to argue…

So I rush to add “ANALYST.”

But the fact is that the human condition is very challenging, and I do feel that I have failed to live up to my hopes.

As my mother said, my expectations were unrealistic. Oh well. Now I know better than to have expectations.

It’s only my hopes that are failed.

This seems true even as many of my specific small hopes have been fulfilled.

Thus ends my mini written lecture on failure!!!

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Shona

Engineering consultant by day, science fiction writer in off hours.

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