Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I made a mistake today.
The impact was frustration, embarrassment and shame.
I'm learning SLOWLY but surely that I am not perfect and that making mistakes is a result of being human. But that doesn't mean that my mistakes FEEL less painful.
Here is the good news.
Mistakes are essential to growth. Actually, that's not true. LEARNING from mistakes is essential to growth.
Unfortunately, too many of us (including me) numb out, ignore, flee, or react defensively against the fact of our failings. And these habitual reactions cause MORE pain and suffering for ourselves and others.
Can you let yourself be wrong? Can you stomach the pain that comes from a screw up? Can you be compassionate with yourself and others?
If so, you're on the right track.
Mistakes are inevitable. It's how we handle them that makes all the difference.