Mistakes, Blunders and Boo Boos

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!

7 Replies to “Mistakes, Blunders and Boo Boos”

  1. That is awesome that it turned out that way for you Rusty. 4 years is a long time! I do try to learn from each mistake. They tend to make you do better the next time. If you do nothing you’ll have no mistakes. I’d rather be active and make a mistake and learn from it and to improve upon it.

    1. Yes! It is a sure sign that you are not doing anything at all if you are not making mistakes! Sometimes in order to find out where “it is” you need to find out where “it ain’t”. Have a great weekend Lisa!

  2. This blog has got some rattling good information for everyone . “I like work it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” by Jerome K. Jerome. 🙂

  3. I love that Pickford quote as well Rusty, and love your insight in this post. As you know from some of my posts, I can REALLY relate! I too have found that some of my biggest “mistakes” eventually lead to new opportunities, so we should all take a relax moment once in a while, then keep on keepin’ on… thanks for the reminder, All the best, Trace

    1. Great to have you stop by Trace! I had one friend tweet me and rightly say, °not if you don’t realize that your 45 is loaded and you shoot yourself in the foot! Ha!° I had to admit that not all mistakes are good! Ha!

  4. ur posts always have something old yet new…Old, in the sense, that all of us know all this Deep within…new, bcos we all always tend to forget all this and gentlemen like you remind us of the same. I have always read many many articles on positive parenting by Sudha Gupta and I try to bring into practise whatever suits me and my family…and next comes your blog. It helps me peep within myself 🙂

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