There is an infinitely large gap between not succeeding and utter failure. The first teaches us self-pity and caution; the latter teaches us the true nature of both Hubris and its twin, Nemesis. The bitter lesson always learned just a little too late.
Sometimes there are things you have to do that are worse than shooting your own dog.
“There is no greater sorrow than to recall, in misery, the time when we were truly happy.” – Dante Alighieri.
“There is no greater consolation to sorrow than to recall, in misery, a time when we were truly happy.” – Rhino House (on a good day, heading downhill, with a following wind).
Sadly time proves only one of these aphorisms* to be valid; which do you hold to be the most truthful?
*aphorism ˈafərɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: aphorism; plural noun: aphorisms 1. A pithy observation which contains a general truth.”the old aphorism ‘the child is father to the man’” 2. A concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by a classical author.”the opening sentence of the first aphorism of Hippocrates”