When I got married I went to extraordinary lengths to make every little detail special not only for my husband and me, but for our guests.
things didn't turn out quite the way we'd intended.... despite the fact that I used to work as a a wedding and event manager and had planned hundreds of events... far more elaborate.
For one thing, the cake was completely botched up... a story in and of itself.. (and no, the one pictured was not mine... thank goodness).
The wrong ice sculpture arrived. Our cream puff swans never got baked... as I realized when I found them still raw on a baking sheet atop the oven range hood when we returned from our honeymoon....
But ya know what? None of that mattered.
And actually, it all made for amusing stories later.
It is dawning on me, that when it comes to our personal affairs, interactions at the office, or... perhaps most challenging of all... committee work, it is not nearly as important that things go efficiently, turn out spectacularly, or even that we earn money or make a big splash or do fine work. What really counts is how we treat each other in the process. THAT is what makes for real and lasting success.. the kind that softens and improves our character... the kind that can change the world and economic priorities.
Having a sense of humor doesn't hurt either... and thus, I give you, my all-time favorite wedding fail.