In Others’ Words: Not Afraid to Fail
I wish I’d learned sooner in life that it’s okay to be wrong.
Mistakes happen … and sometimes mistakes lead us right to what we’ve been looking for all along … or to something gloriously unexpected.
When we were younger, we had to learn a lot of things: how to tie our shoes, how to read a book, how to play the piano, how to fly a kite …
Life was all about learning something. And in the midst of all that learning, we made mistakes. Our shoelaces came undone. We stumbled over the simplest of words. Our fingers wouldn’t master the keys. And the kite wouldn’t fly, no matter how fast we ran.
Sometimes there were tears … but sometimes there was victory just in the trying. The satisfaction was found in the effort, not in the perfection.
The older I get, the less failure scares me. Probably because I’ve made many mistakes — and I’m still here. There have been small mistakes and big mistakes — and so often the most profound lessons have been learned in the midst of realizing “I can’t.” At those moments I realize how much more I have to learn. I realize a little more of God’s grace. And I’ve learned how to ask, “If I can’t do this exactly right, what can I do?”
In Your Words: When has a mistake helped you be more creative? How has a mistake led you to someting better?
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