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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the ways we learn and remember those lesson is through the mistakes we make. That doesn't mean we have to like it...just how it is. What mistake are you glad you made? And how well doyou accept yourself making mistakes?

You know that old saying...if I learn from my mistakes I should have been a genius many years ago. When it comes to other people I'm fine with them making mistakes. I truly believe it is how we learn many lessons in our lives...not just in childhood or school, but as an adult too. But, in my foggy head, it is totally fine for someone else to make mistakes and I feel I'm very accepting and compassionate about it. I will offer help if someone needs it....BUT, it is not OK for ME to make the same mistake or any mistake. Ummm, I know this is very wrong and I have been working on it for a very long time. If I accept the mistake and move on I am much the better for it but it takes me being on the other side of the problem before I am ready and willing to be OK with it. You'd think I would deal better with it by my age but some of us are slow learners.

As for the mistake that I'm glad I made.....I would have to say marrying my first husband. <shudder> Why??? Because I have 3 beautiful children and several grandchildren along with a few other grandkids. ;-) Without this mistake in my life I would have been deprived of the joy they have brought me since the second they were born.

And I promise to work harder on accepting my own mistakes...promise! What about your mistakes?
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand all to well about being far more accepting of other's mistakes and faults than of your own. I am the same way, and have been as long as I can recall. When it comes to others as long as they are trying to do the best they can I have the tolerance of a saint when it comes to errors, but when it comes to myself I will "cry" over spilled milk long before I tell myself that it is no big deal.

I really can not bring to mind any specific mistake or mistakes that I have made that I am glad that I did, unless you count 2 unplanned pregnancies (though I don't really think of them as mistakes), but I will say that I have learned much more from the errors I have made than from the successes.

I rather enjoy mentoring and teaching and have been told I am very good at it and have been asked often why I seem to have a talent for it. My answer is always the same. It is because I have made almost every mistake in the book (on a particular subject) so I know the right, or the more correct, way to get to where you want to go.
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
What about your mistakes?
Dear Chutz,
I make mistakes everday. shakehead And it seems each night I think of a thousand things I wish I had done better or worked harder at. I guess, out of all the type of mistakes.. Im glad about the 1st time ones. They make me feel embarrased, but once I get that 1st try / mistake out of the way, the sky is the limit.  smilewinkgrin   So I guess i'm glad (and greatful) for all my 1st mistakes as those are the ones I learn best from.
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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