In Others’ Words: What Comes After the Mistake
I was interviewed on the radio last Friday. That’s always fun, even though a radio intervew is a bit of verbal Russian Roulette. I never know if the host is going to a) ask questions from my press release or b) wing it and toss me brand new — think unprepped for — questions.
During this interview, the host mentioned that my novel Crazy Little Thing Called Love dealt with the theme of mistakes, specifically this question: WHAT IF YOUR WORST MISTAKE WAS REALLY THE BEST CHOICE?
And then, thanks to my prepackaged press release, he had the option of asking me these two questions:
- Have you ever made a rash decision — even if it was based on good intentions? What happened as a result?
- Can you think about a time in your life when you tried to force a dream or rush ahead of God’s timing? How did that work out for you?
He didn’t use these questions — but the opportunity was there. And as I looked over my press kit with it’s Q & A, I realized I hedged on my answers a bit. I was honest … almost. Sure, let’s talk about my past mistakes. Unwise choices I’ve made that either had immediate or lingering consequences — but only in the broadest sense possible.
I’ve made mistakes. We all have. And I know we don’t have to share our mistakes with anybody, anytime. But at times it is easier to write about the mistakes of my imaginary characters than it is to be transparent and honest about my own mistakes. After all, I’m the author — I can fix my characters’ problems, right? But I have to live with the consequences of my choices — even when I cling to the truth that God can bring good out of everything.
I also know mistakes don’t define me. And that the moments after the mistake is made … the days after the mistake is made … well, those can be even more life changing than whatever I said or did.
In Your Words: How do you deal with a mistake? What’s your go-to philosophy, motto, verse — or even who’s your Voice of Truth, the person that sets your right again?
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