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Get out the tissues.
Children laughing. Parents yawning, scrambling desperately for that first cup of coffee. A city blinking away the remnants of dreams from its tired eyes - just another Monday morning. Then nothing. Silence.
Growing up, we're not really taught about failure. We're pressured to be perfect, get good grades and play it safe. Many people fear failure and don't know how to deal with it, let alone overcome it. Here's what I've learned about failure and success.
During World War II, Belzec, a small town in southeastern Poland, was one of the main Nazi death camps in the occupied country, along with Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka.
My great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, was split between affinities: on the one hand, he was a painter of traditional Jewish life in Poland, settling his gaze upon scenes of synagogue, teaching, labor and leisure. On the other hand, his self-portraits reveal a man apart from the world he depicted.
It's been seventy years since the boats invaded the beach at Normandy to fight one of the bloodiest battles the world has
Once again, I have to turn toward this war-like part of myself with curiosity and compassion so that I can train her, and train her well. I thought I had done most of that work, but opportunities for training and fine tuning my warrior self are on-going.
German soldiers parade down the Champs-Elysées in Paris, June 1940. (Halley Docherty/The Guardian) See Docherty's images
My great grandfather saw his role as documenting the world around him; I see mine as uncovering and sharing a world that was lost.