Neil Gaiman, English author of the comic book series “The Sandman,” said, “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes.
“Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”
I don’t know about you, but I have made plenty of mistakes in my life, so I’m glad to know mistakes have value.
When I was a young mother, I remember driving in a blizzard with my two-year-old son, and sliding into a ditch.
Visibility was zero, and car phones or CB radios were a thing of the future, so I had no way of calling anyone.
We waited in the car for a long while, and I finally decided to go for help before the car was covered with snow and I knew the neighbor’s house was within a mile.
I wrapped my son warmly, and I told him to stay right there on the front seat, I was going for help, and would be back soon.
I pushed snow with the door, and stepped into a huge drift. I shut the door, found the road, and began running.
Luckily, my husband was worried and came looking for us.
He tried to be kind, but let me know, without reservation, some rules of living in the country; one never vacates a car during a blizzard, and never leaves a child alone in the car.
I agreed I had made a mistake, and I certainly learned to not leave a child, a car, or a child in a car during a blizzard.
Bram Stoker, Irish author of “Dracula,” said, “We learn from failure, not from success!” I was a believer.
Mistakes causing no loss or damage are easy to laugh about, and oftentimes, it is the outcome determining if a mistake or genius decision was made.
Mistakes are normal, and we all have a long list. If we don’t, we are in denial.
Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. Learn from it, and move on.
You will need energy for the mistake waiting around the next experience.
Until the next time: Live while you live!
(Jennifer Goble, Ph.D., LPC, is the author of My Clients…My Teachers, and the blogger and encourager of Rural Women Stories: www.ruralwomenstories.com.)
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