If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.–Mary Pickford
I love Mary’s quote as it is so true! Who on earth has never made a mistake? No one, but the biggest mistake anyone really can ever make is to not take the opportunity to learn for their mistake, get back up, dust themselves off and try again! You can plan things out as well as you possible, but inevitably, somewhere along the way, things will not go according to plan! But instead of seeing this is a “mistake”, try to see if your new reality is better than the original plan.
I spent four years of my life working on a project with a long-term goal in mind, this project was going to be what I would be submerging my life and efforts into pretty much for the rest of my life! It was a project that took all of my concentration, strength and thought power for what was four long years! The project was a bit fragile to begin with as it was contingent on the cooperation of a family who owned a rather large piece of property that I was working on to turn into a youth training center. Well, things did change, this family withdrew their offer after a lot of work and money had been put into the project. I thought, “how stupid I was to even get started on this and to have not drawn up legal binding papers to hold them to the deal…why did I trust in them?”.
Yes it was a mistake, yes I “wasted” four years of my life. However, through this “mistake”, I was able to come out with a totally new opportunity that, had I not been involved in the later project, most likely I would never have seen or recognized what was in store for my life! As I now look back at where I came from and what I thought I was going to be doing for the rest of my life, not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for closing that one door and opening this new window of opportunity! Was that mistake so bad? No, at the end of the day, it was really no mistake at all, it was part of a larger plan!
Have your “boo-boos” helped you to move on to something new and exciting! Just make sure to get back up! All is NOT lost!