Today I am thankful for mistakes. Like heartbreak, mistakes themselves are not my idea of a fun experience, but when viewed through a positive lens mistakes can be well disguised nuggets of fruitful feedback. I venture to think that most people view mistakes as indications of what not to do, as well as what to avoid at all costs (i.e. do not allow yourself to love someone, because it only leads to pain and suffering; refrain from seeking promotions at work, because it only leads to rejection and humiliation; etc). However, the reality of the situation could be that we just need to be a little more selective and evaluative when it concerns the choices that we make (i.e. maybe we chose to love a person who was not good for us, but that does not mean that we should not allow ourselves to be open to loving someone else; that promotion that we sought at work may not have been the best fit for our skill set, experience, and passion, but that does not mean that we should not seek other promotions; etc).
So, what am I saying here? Mistakes teach us as much about what to do as they do about what not to do, and maybe even more if you think about it. So when you find that you have made a mistake in some way, it might be beneficial for you to consider the fact that the result that you are dealing with might not be a “no,” but rather a “not via this route.”
How do you view and deal with mistakes? #lovebythedrop