We all make mistakes during our lifetimes, some big, some small, some we regret, and some we learn from. All mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. Getting an answer wrong on a test, gives us the chance to learn the right answer. Realizing that a wrong decision was made, provides the awareness to make the right choice next time. Unfortunately, many of us fear growth and change, and instead ignore mistakes. Ignorance leads to repeated mistakes and repeated bad decisions that usually only leads to worse and worse mistakes, which not only harm ourselves but hurt others as well. Ignorance, driven by the ego’s fear of letting go, does not allow for a life full of knowledge, wisdom, love, and compassion. Failure to learn and grow leads to stagnation and destructiveness.
When we set aside the ego’s pride and fear, and acknowledge the mistakes we have made, at that moment we open up our hearts. Learning what we can from our mistakes opens our minds to learn more about the subject matter, about our lives, and most importantly about ourselves. When we have learned from our mistakes, when we have grown from them, we have no regrets. We can truly be our own greatest teacher. Let us all learn from our mistakes so that we can continually grow to be more loving, compassionate, happy, and joyful people with ourselves and towards others, even if they have not yet learned from their mistakes.