The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. ~unknown
When we are really honest with ourselves we have to admit that our life is the only thing that truly belongs to us. Therefore, how we use our lives is what determines the kind of men/women we are. We act with good intentions, but there will be times that we will be wrong. We try things, innovate, move in a direction and it’s a good thing that we try. Doing nothing is stifling.
When doing new things, it’s natural that we will make mistakes. It takes courage, real courage to admit that we’ve made mistakes. Personally, I hate making mistakes (yeah, it’s that perfectionist thing). Don’t you? My personality causes everything in me to scream when I make a mistake. Even worse than the mistake is the feeling that comes when caught in a mistake; one that I have not owned up to, especially when caught by another “mistake-maker” who wants to rub it in my face. It takes a big man/woman to admit mistakes. Mistakes that lurk in darkness can drive a person mad. Yet, when light is shown on our mistakes an opportunity emerges. The opportunity to correct them and profit from them.
Mistakes are forgivable if courage is applied to the heart and we admit them. The truth is that if a method does not work when we try it, admit it and try another. It is the way we learn to make life better. It’s the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and make amends for them. Making a mistake is only an error in judgement but to stick by that mistake at all costs shows the frailty of character.
Isn’t it true that to “error is human”? We forget that sometimes. We can’t change that we are human. When the line between our mistakes and our character begins to blur it can get ugly. We can change how we approach our humanness by training our mind to be prepared to comprehend that mistakes are not the end of the world. Mistakes are forgivable (and therefore, see that we must also forgive other’s mistakes). Dr Phil often quotes that “we can’t change what we won’t acknowledge”. No one should be ashamed to admit that they are wrong. Admitting we are wrong is simply saying that we are wiser today than we were yesterday. Don’t you want to be wiser? There is a spiritual word-“repent”- that has become a favourite of mine. Strange? Maybe to some. But the word simply put means that I recognise what I have done wrong, admit it and turn 180 degrees from that mistake and do things differently, wiser. I want to make the best use of my life. I don’t want to use it as a wrecking ball (sadly, I have in the past). I want to treat others kindly, gently, and with respect (even when it is not returned). I want people who have come to share their life with me to leave feeling encouraged, up-lifted and courageous…able to face their life with hope and trust.
Mistakes can blur the lines in life. I think it’s true that we have to focus or refocus in order to significantly see clearly. We have to know what we want our lives to mean, understand what our values truly are and keep our eyes and minds clear enough to make necessary adjustments. Adjustments will always be necessary.
Keep your eyes and heart open and your feet moving and you will find what you need. One foot in front of the other make your journey. Fill it with wisdom. Life passes quickly, like a blur. We have to remain focused. We don’t want to waste away from within. We want to live fully, exceptionally. And that, my dear reader, takes courage.