No one is harder on us than ourselves when it comes to making mistakes. Over and over we beat ourselves up for making errors and not doing things right the first time. Whether we have had instilled in us a need to be perfect through our upbringing or we have just learned on our own to be hard on ourself, we often are our own worst enemy. We see mistakes in the negative instead of seeing them for what they are meant to be.
As we go through life there are many paths we can choose when we are making decisions. Some are the right ones and some are not as we travel on what I like to call the succeed and fail rollercoaster of life. Mistakes and failures are important tools to help strengthen our resolve, enhance our life and nourish our soul as we strive to live a good productive life.
One would suspect that people that rarely make mistakes are likely people who never try in the first place. They are so afraid of making a mistake and failing. They live a mundane existence, just going through the motions. If that is right for their soul, there is nothing wrong with it. However, people who try and live a full life with all the excitement and adventure it has to offer are going to make mistakes. We will be faced with a myriad of decisions that are not always going to go well and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that either.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying. It means you are getting outside of your box, broadening your horizons and making an effort to ensure that your life is full and complete. If you are using those mistakes to better yourself and as tool to keep from making the mistakes over and over, then you are truly living. Isn’t that what it is all about? Extracting every minute that life has to offer to ensure that when we get to the end we can look back, smile and say to ourselves, “job well done”.
Mistakes are a natural part of living and they will be with us throughout our life path. Embrace them, learn from them and let them be the tool that guides you to a better and more productive life. Never use them as a tool of self flagellation. Use them as the learning tool that they were meant to be.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.
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