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The Last Attempt

Updated on October 12, 2018
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


The development of your Spirit is shown by its ability to motivate the body and the mind until the final victory when they refuse to continue.

— Sean Dragon

A True Story

Sweat was trickling down his face. His veins were standing out on his temples because of the force he exerted to loosen this... blessed bolt. Nothing, though. It did not turn at all. He took the key off the bolt's head and sat down on the edge of the pavement, sighing and wiping the sweat from his forehead with his sleeve. His son, who was watching him all this time, said:

"Daddy, nothing is done. You have tried a hundred times so far. It does not matter, I'll ride the bicycle with a broken pedal, I'll manage it, I'll do it, you'll see. You tried, though; you have done the best you could."

His father looked at him, took a deep breath and said:

"No, obviously I have not done my best. If I had, I would give it up, but I have another try. I've got it; I know this."

The boy shrugged his shoulders almost with chagrin. His father put the key back on the head of the bolt again. He used all the strength he had, whatever had remained to him after all his previous efforts and... the bolt twisted!

"Yes! Yes! Yes! I knew it!" He shouted as he unbolted it quickly now. The boy started to jump up and down and shout:

"Super daddy! You are the best! So many failed attempts, but the good one came at last."

His father stopped, looked at him thoughtfully and said to him:

"My boy, listen to me. My previous attempts were not failed, they were the ones who prepared the last move. Without their own contribution, the bolt would not twist, and you would have a bicycle with a broken pedal. Remember this in your life. Before abandoning any effort remember our today's success. Think how many times an athlete will make efforts that will be considered unsuccessful until the record comes. How many mistaken efforts a scientist will make until he finds the solution to the problem. The last effort that gives the record or the solution is no more important than all those which preceded, and they have prepared it. Respect them all, and so you will find the courage to continue until the final victory."



False Gods

There is an ancient command I always loved because it helped me walk the path of my life safely.

"Do not make false gods."

Unfortunately, for us humans, this was one of the flaws we showed very early in our history, and apparently, that is why we were given this command. Think for a moment how many gods and demons we have created, that domineer our lives and deprive us of happiness.

One of these false gods, who control us, is Success, and one of the worst demons that causes nightmares to us every day is Failure. If it sounds odd to you, consider how important we have made the concept of success - to the point we have deified it - to any part of our lives and how much we have demonized the failure. The first is our daily goal and struggle and the second our daily fear! And finally, our happiness is lost somewhere between.

Even when we manage to achieve our goal, there will be emptiness and an incomplete joy, since success can never replace all that has been lost on the road to its achievement when we reach it without balance and Love in the Heart, without acceptance and respect for any difficulty which helped us get to it. We have to face them this way because I think the obstacles and the difficulties are our assistants and not enemies, and the failure is a teacher, not a demon.


You can never truly appreciate a success that has come without effort; its pleasure is superficial and transient as an accolade that you know you do not really deserve. And if you failed because you dropped out your attempt because of the difficulties, believe me, it is not theirs to blame but the fact that you did not really want it, you did not long for it with all your Soul and Heart. You probably have to thank the difficulties and failure because they apparently saved you from a "wrong" success.

Same as in many other situations in our lives, we forget to enjoy "the journey" focusing only on "the destination". But surely happiness is also on the journey, and many times more of this happiness is hidden in it!


So the next time you fail on something, remember all these. Find the lesson which is hidden in difficulties and failure and use it to become stronger and wiser. With these new attributes, restart the effort and claim a success that will respect all the process, from start to finish, and will be full of fair gained joy and happiness.

Be grateful for failures and difficulties as well as success; they are all significant for your life. They all come from the same Source. They are all pieces of the One God of Love!

I always remember that failures are preparing my success.

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis


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    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Hello, my dear Li-Jen, I've missed you! I know that this article is relevant to you, and I hope to give you strength, but we have to remember that our life is always a struggle for new goals. So, learn, move on and the most significant, be happy! Thank you for your feedback. I am always looking for your comments.

      The joy is in the journey!


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      Li-Jen Hew 

      19 months ago

      Hey Sean, I'm back for a while. Thanks for sharing and this article is relevant to me as I'm still struggling with papers. You are right in that these preceding failures are preparations for a worthy success. We should enjoy the process and not think only of the end results.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear sister, Dora, failure can always be a step to success. Unfortunately, we humans tend to forget this, and I am trying to be a reminder. After all failing means that I am trying, and that's what matters.

      Thank you for your comment, is always significant to me to have you in my comment sections!

      Grace upon you and your beloved ones!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my dear sister, Chitrangada Sharan for always have something kind and supportive of writing on your comments! You are a Golden Heart!

      God Bless you and fill your days with smiles!


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      Dora Weithers 

      19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Where would be without failure? She teaches us so many lessons, and as your article shows, it pushes us on to success. Good inspirational read.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and inspirational story and you expressed it beautifully.

      I like stories with morals, which teach us important lessons of life. They are good reminders, as well good reassurances as well.

      Failures are indeed, important for preparing us for future success.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am happy to know that you loved it, my dear Brother Tim. It is power recharging my batteries! Ha! Ha! The "baby's steps" example is the right one. Thank you for your Love and your feedback. It is the Light of beautiful people like you that makes that beacon you describe, and the Light of our Father!

      As you know admiration is mutual.

      I embrace you and your beloved ones!


    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      19 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hello, Sean,

      Loved it immensely. I've worked on quite a few bikes in my day, nothing can be as tedious. Ah, but without the failures, we can't appreciate success and take it with some grain of humility.

      It's like those first baby steps we took, we kept falling down, I'm sure of it for most people. But now: we walk, run, and maybe, through His love, we will fly again. I don't remember falling trying to take those baby steps, but I smile now if I trip.

      Great article.

      You are always a brilliant light shining for the HP community.

      Much love and admiration,



    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am happy to be a reminder, my dear Mary. Thank you for your visit and your feedback.

      I wish you the best experiences!


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      Mary Norton 

      19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      All our experiences are to be embraced as they all contributed to what we are or where we are today. I'm happy to be reminded of this wisdom.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Only the thought of making this great Spirit, Sri Chinmoy, proud of me fills my Heart with joy, My dear brother, Manatita! Thank you for this precious comment!

      All Great Spirits embrace us with their Higher Love!


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      19 months ago from london

      Another beautiful piece! You are fast becoming a great inspirator. You tell your story well and add what Sri Chimoy calls 'commentaries' in your piece.

      You do this through illumining examples.

      Both Guruji and Sai Baba will be proud of you. All are experiences in God ... the failures as well as the joy. Let us merge them together. Make them our friends. Jai Sean! Jai Guri!

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you so much, my friend, Tauqeer! I am glad to know it helped you.

      May your efforts be blessed!


    • Tauqeer Badshah profile image

      Tauqeer Badshah 

      19 months ago

      I filled with energy by this story

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Your words are a treasure for me, my dear brother Eric! I believe we are sparks from the same fire. I am grateful for your friendship.

      Shine on you crazy diamond!


    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My great hiking buddies blew through town on quest to hike into the Grand Canyon. I was in a recliner bed from the last chemo treatment. What a party we had in praising the lord and kissing the young ones on their first big hike. Snow hit hard and the expedition was thwarted.

      My friends gave me a picture placque that sits on my desk "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same" Kipling.

      "Love is never a failed attempt. love is our staying on the road that leads to love."

      You are a beacon that guides my good friend.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Peace to your Spirit and Love to your Heart always, my brother Bill! Thank you for your visit. My best wishes for your birthday! This world is a better place with people like you!

      Εἰρήνη πᾶσι - eirene pasi - "peace to all"!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you my dear sister, Cristian Writings, for your encouragement.

      God's angels are by your side!


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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pax vobiscum, my friend, and love always!

    • ChristianWritings profile image

      Christian Writings 

      20 months ago

      "failure is a teacher, not a demon". love that quote brother!


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