Mistakes Can Make You Better

by Terry Watson | September 16th, 2016
Terry Watson - Editor

Terry Watson – Editor

One of the hardest things for me to do is to admit that I made a mistake. It is not because I think that I’m perfect; it’s because I try real hard to get things right the first time. If only I had listened when I was instructed to slow down and take my time, chances are I would be blemish free. Yet, how much fun would that have been? It would deny me from the experience of making mistakes and learning from them, and the challenge of developing methods to prevent them from happening again.

When we can admit to our shortcomings, it says a lot about our character. It reveals that we are not too prideful or ashamed. It also helps us to let loose of the burdens that can often consume us when we allow tough situations to become perpetual.

In order for me to get to this position, I had to conduct a self evaluation and identify what were my intentions and motives, and more importantly who do they benefit more. The exam started initially with a conversation with God because He knows more about me than I do of myself.

I learned that It is impossible to live a fulfilling life and never impact someone else’s life in a way that allows them to live greater. God told me He doesn’t bless us just so that we can go around with our nose in the air, boasting about what we have. He does it so that others can see His work through us. Just as a young boy watches his father shave and prepare for work each morning, or a young girl that helps her mother prepare a meal for their family, there are others who are watching and learning from what we do and how we do it.

We all must be mindful about ourselves. Once a word or sound escapes our lips, we can’t take them back. Our actions and how we treat our neighbor is a precise reflection of how we really feel about them. That is why it is so important to be careful with what you allow your ears and eyes to receive. What we take in will eventually come back out. Love and pain has equal power, but very different intentions. I would rather live my life, trying to find ways to love everyone, even those who don’t give it back, than to waste an opportunity to live and never know what it feels like to love.

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