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“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” --by Samuel Smiles

I read about the first performance of “The Barber of Seville,” written by Rossini. It was a disaster. The audience was in an uproar. The audience was wild---no one had an experience like this in their careers. The cast was afraid to leave the opera house.

Someone said, “Rossini is not here, this is terrible! He’s probably killed himself.” They found him at his house, already in bed and sound asleep. They woke him to tell him of the failure of the performance.

Rossini said: “Well, evidently ‘The Barber’ isn’t very good. I will have to do better next time.” “The Barber” went on to become an operatic masterpiece and has remained so for over a hundred years.

A failure of any kind can be a severe blow, but the real setback in a failure is letting ourselves feel that we can’t do anything else or anything better. Past failures, then, can be the foundation for future successes when we remember that we can always try again.

The story ended with this prayer, “Lord, help me learn that you will always grant me another chance to correct my mistakes. Let men do the same.”

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The new town council held its first meeting this week. One new member was absent, but everyone seemed to be congenial, and accepted new committee assignments. We commend Neil, Roger, Joanne, Charlie, Cheryl, Delford and Gaylen for filling these important positions. The town faces many challenges. Looking back through our history, we find that there have always been ups and downs, good years and not so good years. They will need our support and constant prayer. Let us be involved with them.

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