At work this week, I came across a webpage about academic integrity. Across the top of the page was a line by Sophocles – “Rather fail with honour, than succeed by fraud.”
I thought about how many times I’ve failed and how I’ve never, ever, considered failure in any way honourable.
And yet the truth is, it really is so much more noble to fail with honour than succeed by fraud. Sophocles just re-framed failure for me. And it’s kind of brilliant. It’s a whole new way of looking at both failure and success. And this from a man who was born in 496 BC. He was writing 2500 years ago – more or less. And he’s still making perfect sense.
Because I was reading about Sophocles, instead of cooking, I whipped up a salad for dinner. And to go with the salad, I used up the last of my Dijon mustard in this dressing – recipe below. The dressing tastes like Cross and Blackwell English Salad Cream – a taste out of my childhood – for those of you who know how that tastes. Delicious. I recommend serving it with a big salad of organic greens, good olives, hard-boiled eggs, cold sliced potatoes, and sliced avocado. Call it dinner.
Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellmann’s)
2 tbsp honey
Whisk the ingredients together and pour into a bottle. Will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.