When we talk about a topic like MAKING MISTAKES, I think immediately of my favourite quote by Winston Churchill,
“Success is going from one failure to the next without losing enthusiasm.”
I love it. And I live it.
I happily repeat the story of the time I spoke at an international conference – with my pants inside out. Or the clear disasters I have made when raising my sons – like the time I sent my son off to swimming lessons with a broken arm. Yep, another big miss in my parenting balance.
Perhaps people think I am living in denial when I make a mistake and move on with comparable ease. Telling the stories of failure in parenting, work, relationships and social etiquette without embarrassment. But I am not in denial. I am merely closely acquainted with the understanding that to fail is to be human.
And when we talk about our failings, others experience the relief and encouragement that comes from knowing they are not alone in this experiment called life.
So, own up to your mistakes. Don’t hide them away with shame and guilt. Look them in the face and tell them you are learning and growing. A work in progress.