I’ve made mistakes.
I’ve made choices based on greed, and scarcity, and fear of loss.
I’ve hurt people based on my own hurt, and wanting revenge.
I’ve put people down in order to make myself seem bigger by comparison.
I’ve hurt strangers, acquaintances, friends, and people who I love dearly and intimately.
I’ve done wrong many times in my life.
And of all these mistakes, the biggest one I’ve made is allowing them to dictate how I saw myself and what I did in the future.
Let’s start with one important thing, my friend. Making mistakes is part of the human condition.
We’ve been given the power of observation and reason, so we get to learn from experience.
We’ve been given the gift of humor. We get to reframe our screw up’s from tragic to funny. We get to laugh.
We’ve been given the gift of humility, so we can do our best to set things right with those we’ve hurt.
We have been given the power of forgiveness.
We can carve out a space of love and compassion for anyone who has done anything.
We become afraid of risk. We internalize failure.And it needs to be said….there is no one here who hasn’t made mistakes. We’re supposed to.
It’s one of the only two ways we learn. We learn from failure, and we learn from success.
We do what feels right and we learn not to do that which has consequences, internal and external.
So why the heck shouldn’t we continue to put ourselves out there?
Is it possible that emotion of continued anger is their mistake, directed at you?
And of course the truth: no one is harder on us than ourselves.
We beat the crap out of ourselves for our errors, what we did, what we failed to do.
And often, we have the voice of someone in our head – that parent, that boss, that lover – who continues to kick us, sometimes from the grave.
Well here’s a news flash, my brothers and sisters…
There is no one here who hasn’t made mistakes.
It’s who we are. It’s how we grow.
Whatever you did, or didn’t do, you made choices based on the consciousness and the awareness you had then.
You were hurt at the time, or scared, or angry, or greedy.
You’re stronger now.
And whatever you did, you gave someone else an opportunity to grow. And learn. And find compassion.
And right now…in this red hot moment, you can learn to make a daily habit of love, and laughter, and celebrating life.
And you are perfectly positioned to let go of anger, disappointment and fear.
And you are perfectly positioned to replace them with grace, and confidence, and laughter, and ease.
And you are perfectly positioned to choose your path.
You don’t have to be a hostage to your mistakes.
And when you’ve learned the lesson, you can do what all good students do…Graduate.
And move onto the next school.
Feel good. We all deserve it.
Yes, you too.
Which of your mistakes have held you back from being the bright beautiful being you are?
What do you still need to release?
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