Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gettiing It Wrong

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

Sophia Loren
"What ho, Mrs Brisket,
Why not take a plunge and risk it."

Watch your step. But keep walking.

Watch your back. But don't turn around and go that way.

Watch your mouth. But don't be afraid to speak up.

So what if you make a mistake? So what if you screw something up? Join the human race.

Mistakes are good things, they're blessings. Why? Because they are filled with lessons. They are sudden gusts of knowledge through the brain, slippery ice under the feet of our certainty. Mistakes are the things that grab us and fling us forward into a better understanding of who we are and what we're doing.

I was just talking to my fried Marty and saying that in this entry I could recite a catalogue of my mistakes. But I don't want to. That would just depress me and then depress you. It is much better to recite the lessons learned. And even better to describe the positive results of those lessons.

To not take things for granted is to be open to exploring all the facets of whatever I come across. To not judge anyone or anything just by appearances is to discover hidden values. To acknowledge my mistake and take it's lesson to heart is to be thrust forward into a greater, higher place in my own thinking. To refuse to accept the claim of my own limitations imposed on me by my errors is to yearn and strive for a limitless life.

To risk taking the plunge in any of life's adventures is to risk getting my feet wet in the mud puddle I didn't see. It's to risk stubbing my toe, bumping my head and slipping on the ice. But the adventure of a full life is worth the risk.

Some mistakes loom very large in one's history. They may cause deep regrets and years of repair. Those require time and space in our lives. But the learning is even more valuable and needed as we become better, more fulfilled creatures.

I think my errors should be put into a box. They've had their day, and paid their way. I will put the box into the closet, close the door, forgive myself and get on with my full life.

DB - The Vagabond
Never give up.

Summer is moving along, people.

It's a long, hot, sticky summer, so here's a hot, sticky question for you.

Same sex marriage. Should it be legal or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

15 answers so far.

You have until the last day of summer, but don't dally.
I eagerly await your answer.



Jon said...

I have long stopped counting my mistakes, since I've made far too many. Learning from them, and becoming a better person in spite of them is indeed a key to success. As always, you've expressed your thoughts beautifully.

Arlene (AJ) said...

We all have wished we had some things different in life, but not beating yourself up for it...the best we can do is learn from those things and strive to do it better the next time something comes up. Life is to darn short to blame yourself forever, just puts you in a downer mood and ruins your chances of enjoying life. Great thoughts and words as usual.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Learn yes, dwell, no.