On Day 9 of the Five Minute Friday #10daywritingchallenge, the prompt was the word, mistake. I am just now writing about it. Everyone has made a mistake or two in their lifetime, right? Actually, we’ve all probably made tons of mistakes. No one is exempt, because no one is perfect.
I even make mistakes on my journal pages. The scribble might not look so good, but the message is still there.
In Yarn: Fun, Tangles and Lessons Learned, I wrote about finding a mistake in something I was crocheting. It also caused another problem, kind of like a snowball effect. But I also share some lessons learned.
I remember practicing the piano a lot when I was younger. Sometimes I made the same mistake over and over. It would cause such frustration, but I kept on until I got it. Though other times, if the piece seemed too difficult, I would put it away and go on to something else.
Many of us as parents make more mistakes than we’d like to admit. No one gives us a how-to manual for raising children. But children are also very forgiving and still love you anyway. I know we did not do everything right as parents, but we did learn some things along the way.
We did and still do try to show our kids unconditional love, even though we don’t do it perfectly. They all know that we love them and are here for them. And I hope that what we have learned has made us better grandparents.
Sometimes as a bookkeeper I would find a mistake and have to go over it again and again to find and fix it. When you are working with numbers accuracy is very important. Balancing a checkbook can sometimes be difficult, too.
Mistakes Don’t Ruin Us
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If we continually belittle ourselves, we begin to think we just aren’t good enough. But if we accept that we are only human and mistakes will happen, we can take each one and learn from it. Often, they prepare us for helping others who may run into the same kinds of problems.
Regardless of what I do or say or how many mistakes I make, I need to remember that I am a child of God. He loves me and will always be with me to give strength and help and offer forgiveness.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.
So I never need to worry about being good enough, because on my own I know I can’t. But with God I can work through the mistakes and go forward. With God, nothing is impossible. He is my strength.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart celebrates,
and I give thanks to him with my song.