Positive Ponderings: The Roses of Success

The other day I watched the 1968 classic movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

What a fun movie full of wonderful songs and production numbers. (I am purposely blocking out the memories of ‘The Child Catcher’ – remember him? SHIVER!)

Amongst all of the wonderful toe-tapping, sing-along ditties, there was one particular song that made me think of this blog and its purpose of posing positive ponderings.

It was performed by a group of aged inventors and the grandfather character, portrayed by actor Lionel Jeffries, when he was taken into custody at Baron Bomburst’s castle in Vulgaria and told that he must make a flying car. Not even knowing how begin to produce such a vehicle, the inventors offer Grandpa Potts the following advice:

Every bursted bubble has a glory!
Each abysmal failure makes a point!
Every glowing path that goes astray,
Shows you how to find a better way.
So every time you stumble never grumble.
Next time you’ll bumble even less!
For up from the ashes, up from the ashes, grow the roses of success!

If you’d like to have a song to hum as you turn ashes to roses, follow this link to the full lyrics of the song and watch a video of the performance on the right of the page. Happy gardening: The Roses of Success.


In the meantime…
what failures have fertilized your successes?
Share them below.

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