Growing from Mistakes

Growing From Mistakes

People have a lot of thinking about making mistakes…myself included.

If we are gifted to notice that our thinking has something to do with our reactions, we are more likely to make room for growth rather than guilt.

A relative was involved in a major drama this weekend and there were many mistakes made along the way (not all hers). Although there were a lot of strong (and even appropriate) reactions, my goal wasn’t to make her feel guilty. I felt I was walking a fine line between expressing my shock and disappointment, yet not wanting her to feel badly about herself.

Insecurity will perpetuate bad choices. I don’t want her to feel insecure. I love and trust that she has common sense, as we all do. Yet, our common sense can innocently get covered up by our impetuous thinking in the moment. We all make mistakes when we are under the influence of insecure thinking.

If we don’t make our mistakes mean too much about our character, we leave room for our wisdom to guide us in how to clean up our mistakes. I was very proud of how she handled the situation, owned up to her part and apologized sincerely.

Growing from our mistakes is an opportunity to let go of old thinking, be reflective and allow insights to move us in a new direction. Forgiveness is what showed up for me.

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