In Others’ Words: Yogi Berra and making “wrong mistakes”
The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, who died on Tuesday, September 22, was known for his Yogi-sms. I scrolled through a list of 30 of his most memorable quotes, and settled on “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
There’s something to what he said. There are mistakes … and then there are wrong mistakes. Some mistakes don’t influence the outcome of a game all that much. In the same way, some choices we make — some mistakes — don’t affect us all that much. The decision is made, we stumble for a moment — Ooops! — and then we move on. I mean, bad haircuts grow out, right?
And then there are the wrong mistakes. The saying yes when we should have said no. The moving forward when we should have stayed where we were and waited, even though waiting is so, so difficult. Going back into a bad relationship because, well, maybe this time it will be different — although nothing has changed and all we’re going on is wishes and hopes. We take the job offer because it’s a promotion — and all the while, we’re ignoring the clamoring in our heart telling us that this isn’t our passion, this isn’t our gifting.
Wrong mistakes. Sometimes we see them coming and we run right up to them and embrace them. Sometimes we wish and hope and pray, only to discover our choice was wrong, wrong, wrong and we’re left with the consequences of our actions — or someone else’s wrong mistake.
In Your Words: What do you think about mistakes and wrong mistakes? What’s your advice on discerning between the two?