Sunday, August 21, 2011

Name Your Biggest Mistake

Everglades, South Florida
Sorry to disappoint you but I'm not going to name my biggest mistake here in a public setting.  Not that I don't trust my readers, but this is the internet and I don't really want some of these things readily available for searches.  I'm much more cautious these days on the internet.

Regardless, I'm sure that each one of us could name a big mistake we made in life.  In fact, I just saw the Dilbert Comic Strip highlight this one today.  Someone applying for a job was being asked by the boss in a fictitious interview, to name their biggest mistake.  The end result was that the interviewee said, "I learned I should never tell that story."  While it is funny, it makes one stop and think a little.

Yes, I believe we all have moments in life where we feel we screwed up and made a mistake.  At these particular moments, it often looks worse than it does ten or twenty years later.  For once we move beyond the initial moments of difficulty, we begin to see the situation much differently.  Even though we feel we make a big mistake, it does not always mean that we actually did do this.

The most important part though is that we learn from our mistakes.  If we don't learn the lessons, then I am sure we will repeat them another time until we do.  Learning is evolving and evolving is what makes us move forward in life to become more human.

It is important to note that sometimes, it is easier to be locked in fear of venturing out into the unknown because we are afraid to fail or make a mistake.  Of course, we mask this in different ways in our civilization but it holds so many back.

One of the sites I visit regularly stated, "allow yourself to fail and then learn from the failures, get back up and try again!" Think about this for a moment and hopefully you will see, that a mistake is only as bad as we allow it to be.  Yes, I know, that can be easier said than done.

Go ahead and name your biggest mistake (you don't have to do it publicly here) and focus on what you learned from it.  The mistakes don't make the person, the process of learning is what propels us forward.  It helps us become real and the more real we are, the more human we become.

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1 comment:

  1. Many people say as you get older (I will be 60 next month)that you regret what you have never done or spoken.

    My biggest regret are the few times I have opened my big fat mouth and hurt someone.

    Once you utter words - they can not be taken back.

    Yes you can say you are sorry, you didn't mean it, blah blah blah, but in reality words can cut as sharp as a knife.

    In the movie, Bambi, one of the little animals, I think the mother rabbit says, "If you can't say anything nice than don't say anything at all." For me, I have been happiest when I have wanted to retort back something hateful but refrained myself from doing so.






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