Inspiration | Strength in Failure by David duChemin

Famed humanitarian photographer, David duChemin speaks about his experience falling off a 20-30ft wall in Italy.  I first heard of him when Junshien bought me the awesome book, Within the Frame.  David's words resonated with me, and beyond that book reading his blog, he continues to be an inspiration both for photography and for life.  A passage from one of his recent blog posts:

There’s deep strength in failure. It’s a gift to fall down and get up. Coddle a child and don’t let him eat a little dirt or lick the occasional frog and that child never develops the kind of immune system that keeps him strong. It’s the same with our character. Failure builds immunity, gives us strength, makes us familiar with the actual possibilities that come from risk and robs our fears of the power that comes from the unknown. The more you fail, and learn from those lessons, the less frightening future failures appear.

Here David rests in his hospital bed as he heals from multiple fractures in his lower body.  Others who've fallen from that same wall have died, so he's grateful for his life and that he is not paralyzed.

Learning to Give Up

 284rest I've (secretly) prided myself on not being a quitter. I've tried a lot of things and failed miserably, but I rarely quit. The problem is... I never quit to a fault. Sometimes I just don't know when to give up and accept defeat. I think that's the biggest struggle I have at the moment.

I keep trying at the same particular thing, failing time and time again, but somehow I'm unable to let it go. I know that God is yelling out to me, "Meg! Give up! Let me take it over for you! You're failing and you most definitely won't ever succeed unless you give up and let me do the work!" And I'll tell you that I know God's promises, but because I'm so fearful of letting go, I think that I haven't fully grasped the truth of that promise deep down in my heart.

At this point, I just don't know how to quit. I don't know how to give it over to God, and that's probably part of the problem why I get so down sometimes. It's easy for me to say, "Oh... If I trust God everything will be ok," or "I have hope in God. I'll be ok."  But truely acting on it is really the hard thing.

So with that... here's the verses that I'm going to focus on for the next couple of weeks.....

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30