Making Mistakes

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Mistakes


logo dove0001“We all make mistakes.  It’s what happens why you try.”    Barack Obama

This is my favorite quote of a turbulent week.  It rises above all politics and prose.  It, for me, is simply the truth.  The first sentence of Mr. Obama’s statement is hardly news.  His opine on the fact that we all make mistakes, however, is the crux of the matter for me.  It’s what hit home.   The fly in the ointment.

There is a sometimes troublesome mathematics to life.  The more we do one thing, the more another thing is likely to happen.  Yes, if I’m trying all the time; attempting, experimenting, engaging, I’ll sometimes be failing, stumbling, miscalculating.

I guess the big question is, is it worth the mistakes in order to try?  Is there an aspect of trying that is a process of elimination and learning?  And can that be okay?  Can I live with that?  Can I weather those storms?  Do I want to?

When I think about the many many times in my life when I’ve felt parallelized, I also think about my fears – fears of being judged or criticized or misunderstood or just plain wrong. My hands are getting sweaty as I write this so I know it’s true.   Staying still so that I don’t make a mistake has it’s virtues.  If I don’t move, I can’t make a mistake.  I’m a fan of safety!

I’m also a fan of meaning and purpose, however, and I’m not of fan of boredom.  So the ultimate question seems to be, how do I manage the risks of trying?  Step one: I decide if it’s worth it.  Yes.  Step two: Do I have a plan if my trying heads south? Yup. I’ll breathe and tap and pray and trust and learn from my mistakes so I can adjust my course for next time.  Step three: When I make a mistake, I’m prepared to sometimes be parallelized while I build the courage to try again.  Thus, I know I’m not a bad person when I get stuck (at least most of the time :”).  I know I was brave enough to move.

Okay.  Good to go.  Onward if not always upward.  But onward with a heart that tries.

Not All Mistakes Are Created Equal


Some mistakes take less of a toll on me than others.  I think some of if the hardest for me are the ones I make when I’m trying VERY hard.  Trying my absolute best should to do the trick, right?  Alas, no, not always.  Trying hard certainly stacks the deck in one’s favor, but it’s no guarantee.  Things still happen that alarm and disappoint.

Let’s take today for example.  After much work, editing and proofreading, I sent out my email blast this morning for the upcoming Second Annual Tapping Prayerfully Retreat – The Taproot of Truth.    I was so excited.  I worked hard on it and was sure I’d covered my bases. Then, I get an email from a good (and very observant) friend letting me know that the buttons to the registration page were taking people to LAST YEAR’S PAGE.  It cheerfully says, “Event over.  Registration closed.”  UGH.  Being the grounded, wise, peaceful soul that I am, the first thing I did was PANIC.  “I failed.  I’ve confused everyone.  Now no one will come, and it was going to be so good.”  I really went to town.

Then I remembered to tap.  “Even though my very best may not always be enough, I trust at my core that I’m a good person.”  “Even though I have dyslexia, and my eye doesn’t always catch details, even when I’m trying hard, I know I’m so much more than one challenge in my life.”  “Even though I want my gifts to always be perfect, I choose to love my humanity.”

I didn’t have much more tapping to do from there.  Just the set-up had brought me a long way.  From there I tapped and breathed and ended with the calm thought,  “This can easily be fixed.  I have what I need to take care of this.”

It is fixed by the way :”)  I replaced the links and I sent out an Ooops email with the buttons happily taking people to the right page. The retreat will be great.  You may want to  Check it out

All human beings welcome.  Blessings, Jeanne

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