I could have, should have and would have. Does any of that sound familiar? Do you ever find yourself critiquing how you did something and how you could have done it better. Do you find a fault in most aspects of your life and embed it into your mind that the next time it should be perfect.
Here is a question for you, what is perfect? What is perfect to you? Is what’s perfect to you perfect for me also? There are a million different versions of perfection as it is based purely on ones perception of life. Does perfection even exist? We can get as close as we can to the cusp of it but it will never truly be achieved. Throughout the story of your life have you made mistakes and do you have regrets? You do!?! Then I guess we are more similar than I would have thought!
Lets shed a different perspective on mistakes, perhaps in a way you have never looked at it.
REASONS TO EMBRACE MISTAKES
- In life there is always a 50/50 chance of things happening. As much as we idolise the idea of controlling our own fate, there are certain things that are just beyond us which we have no control over.
- In life there are victories or lessons thus the mistakes are illusory. With every mistake comes increased wisdom and life experience. Thomas A. Edison eloquently stated “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10, 000 ways that won’t work.”
- We can draw our life as a circle and everything that is contained within it is the realm of our comfort zone. It is a familiar place where there are routines and expectations of repeated outcomes. The only problem is is that if you remain complacent in that space you will never grow and the view will never change. To make a mistake portrays that you have shown fortitude to voyage outside of the circle whilst facing your fears. Every time a mistake is made the circle expands and your spiritual and mental character is nourished.
- Life is like creating a sculpture from clay. You have a vision of what it is you are setting out to achieve but you must first discard of the clay that will unveil your masterpiece. It takes time and effort removing, smoothening and caressing the foundation of your art. In life we must go through many trials and tribulations to discover what we don’t want in order to realise what we do want. We are the clay being moulded by the artist whom we may call life. Ultimately, on the other side of our pain and pleasure will be our masterpiece.
- There is a quote which I adore, “Sometimes it takes the wrong turn to get you to the right place.” Right and wrong is based purely on our perception of life. Events in life just occur exactly as they were meant to whether we realise or not. What we classify as wrong or right is based upon our expectation and desire of a result. Once we become open minded and surrender to the flow of life, we will realise that what we may have once deemed as a mistake was actually the universe granting you perfection in order to propel you in exactly the right direction you should be taking.
Do not be afraid to make mistakes. A stone only becomes a pebble through the harshness of the water in which it dwells. It is roughed and tumbled until all of it’s jagged edges are smoothened to become a thing of true beauty.