Making Mistakes – August 31 2020

Making Mistakes – August 31 2020

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce


Each of us are individual expressions of nature. Nature always is evolving. This is all it knows to do. As individual expressions of nature we too always are evolving. 


As evolutionary expressions of life, to step forward is to step into the unknown. To step into the unknown is a guarantee that we will ‘make mistakes.’ It is a given that each day I will be able to look at yesterday and see how I could have done things differently, because I have been changed by the experience. I have grown. And from this place of more expanded consciousness, I will be able to see the mistake and know to some degree how I could have done it differently. 


This is great news. This is, in fact, the way we learn: by making mistakes. By being clumsy. By being far enough out of our comfort zone that we expose our shortcomings. And merely by that exposure, along with the willingness to learn, we change. We grow.


To let this process take place, however, requires that we arrest the workings of the ego and stay out of the negative self-judgment that seems to sweep in of its own accord to beat me into submission, as if to be sure that the world, or God, or the ghosts of my parents still living in my head can see that I know I screwed up.


It’s not a moral issue, to make mistakes. Actually, it might be more of a moral issue if I’m not making mistakes. If I’m not making mistakes, I’m not challenging myself. If I’m not challenging myself–to go further, to step into the unknown–I’m not taking care of business.


What is my business? To become who I am meant to be here on the planet. How do I do that? By continuing to expand, continuing to grow. How do I know when I’m finished with this task? If I’m still alive, I’m not finished.


Today I will step outside my comfort zone and risk making a mistake. And when I do make a mistake, I will praise myself for having the courage to do so. And then I’ll stand up again and throw myself into it all again and take a chance on making an even better mistake.

Jean Feeding the Ewe, Thurmont MD