Sklover’s Monday Thought: Forget the Mistake. Remember the Lesson.

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“Forget the Mistake – Remember the Lesson.”

– Roald Dahl

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This well-known thought is startling in its simplicity, yet near universal in its applicability. You’ve made a mistake? Others have made a mistake? Don’t fret. Don’t kick yourself. Don’t hold it above others the fact that they are not perfect. Instead, take a step or two back, give yourself a moment to be wise in the circumstance, and rather than casting blame at yourself or at others, consider for that moment what could likely make things better. That’s the real lesson to remember: your future is more important than your past, and a better future is the goal. To get negative with yourself or at others about a mistake made is just an even worse mistake, and helps no one. Fear not making mistakes. Rather, focus on the lesson to be learned when you’ve done so, that is, what might prevent that mistake from happening again tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. It’s a great, positive habit to develop.

This quote was recently shared with me by John C., a friend and co-attendee of classes I attend regularly. Thanks for the reminder, John, appreciated as always.

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