My take on mistakes …

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My take on mistakes…

I’ll be honest.  I pondered for a good while over whether to join in with The Prompt this week.  I used to join in regularly but then I sort of fell by the way side for a while (well, the whole of the summer really, and more!) but I do enjoy this linky and I’ve got my The Prompt ‘thang’ back.  So when I had to think about joining in, I stopped and took a long, hard look at why.

Why would I want to write about mistakes when I associate ‘mistakes’ with regrets and therefore negativity?

They could be related:

“Hi, Mistake, I’m your long-lost relative, Regret”

“Pleased to be reunited Regret, I’m Mistake.”

See what I’m saying?

My blog is all about positivity  and gratitude along with (among other things), writing and experimenting with said writing.  But then I had a change of heart because ‘experimenting’ means a journey into the unknown, stepping out of your comfort zone, taking the safety net away.

Experimenting means making mistakes.  If we don’t experiment, how can we learn from our mistakes?

When we learn, we grow.  In that case, how can we possibly say our experiments are regrettable mistakes?

Our mistakes make us into the people we are, which in turn affects the people around us. Our mistakes affect everyone.

If you would rather forget your mistake, then do so and move onto the next mistake and then learn from that mistake instead. (Wow, deep!)

So come on people, let’s make our mistakes worth making, let’s not mis-take our mistakes for a wasted effort, a waste of time.

Written for #ThePrompt “The Mistakes We Make…”
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  1. Mistakes are what make us-and our choice in learning from them or no as the case may be. It’s not the mistake itself, it’s being able to learn from it and move on that matters (to me anyway.) 🙂
    Iona@redpeffer recently posted…Mistake?My Profile

  2. This is spot on. When you look at some of the most successful people they have made lots (and sometimes hundreds) of “mistakes”. Whether it be products or books or services. And they just kept going because the mistakes were really experiments. And its taken those experiments to get them where they are now.

  3. I love that last line, not mistaking out mistakes as a waste of time. This is something I find myself telling the children – and myself! I think it’s a good idea to put a positive spin on mistakes – they’re not always a bad thing.
    Emily Organ recently posted…The mistakes we makeMy Profile

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