“What do you do with a mistake; recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” Dean Smith
We all make mistakes. Some are just little blips, and some are major screw-ups. What we do with our mistakes determines who and what we are. If we don’t face our mistakes and learn from them, we will keep making them.
Mistakes and errors in judgment happen, but they don’t make us failures. When we face our mistakes and do what we can to correct them, we become better people.
What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?
I think we all need to learn to love one another. I am not saying we need to be outwardly demonstrative or vocal in expressing our love to others, but accept people where they are. No one is perfect. Everyone has problems.
We live in a judgmental world. Sometimes the judgments are harsh and needless. Often these judgments are made without thought to circumstance and have no value. Yes, some people do wrong and hurt others. We need to understand the why’s of their actions and help them understand why their actions are unacceptable.
It isn’t always easy to love one another. But love is always worth the effort.
I am not talking about famous people or those who everyone remembers. I am referring to people who are unforgettable to me personally. Like a teacher, client, co-worker, neighbor, friend, a family member, occasionally a stranger. People who had an impact on my life.
With most of the “unforgettables” in my life the encounters have been good. A few of them were not especially pleasant. But good or bad I have learned lessons from all of them.
They come to mind at the most unexpected times and often in unusual places. There is always a reason for remembering them and it is always a treat. Well, not so much a treat with the bad ones but I don’t dwell on them.
Truthfully, I don’t think about the bad unforgettables very often, but sometimes they do sneak in…they are unforgettable after all.
Today, I think no one would ever forget this kitty.
Every year I have a word for the year. It is a spiritual thing.
I am given a word and usually a scripture with the word in it and I spend time throughout the year thinking about, studying, praying, and meditating on the word.
When I say I am given a word, or sometimes a phrase, I don’t mean it is given to me in an eerie or metaphysical way. Sometimes it comes to me from something I read or something someone says that resonates or I see something that stops me and makes me take notice. However I get the word it is always a surprise.
In the past some of my words have been, boundaries, seek, wait, and courage.
Usually I start getting a feeling for the word in the fall and by this time I know what it will be for the coming year.
But so far this year…nothing.
Not even a whisper or hint.
I don’t know why this year is different. But I do know there will be a word.
I feel a sort of stirring or shifting within, change. There is a sense of excitement brewing. What is ahead for me to learn and experience through this word? But also a sense of wariness. Maybe the lessons of the past words were to prepare me for more difficult lessons? Lessons that are more challenging? Lessons that I thought I had learned but haven’t? Lessons that I have avoided because they are difficult or will hurt while learning them?
Whatever the word is for 2013 I think it is going to be a different experience than in past years.