So tonight, with one of the newer students, during rolls, I offered a bit of encouragement along with my explanation of position and energy to make the roll smooth. Of course, having talked about it, I had to demonstrate. As I came back up, Shihan was watching.
He smiled, and said, "Good! Good! That was almost slightly better than failure."
If I ever write a book about my Aikido journey, that's going to be the title.