The Work of Tao

“Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom.” – Cat Cora

I love this. It’s different than the sayings that intimate that there are no mistakes or that everything is “perfect” just as it is, which is a little hard to accept considering all that’s currently happening in the world. What I love about this is it points to the reality of mistakes but also hones in on the point that “they can be turned into wisdom.” That doesn’t mean I can paint a better attitude over the mistake and whitewash it into being wisdom. It doesn’t mean to hide the mistake from self and others. It means that I will need to take the time effort and energy to assess and perhaps recalibrate my direction and the how of what I am doing.

Mistakes are not right and wrong. Mistakes are actions where we misjudged or had guidance that didn’t work. The wisdom is born when we examine how we did that and how we do the next thing.

Often we get confused when traveling a learning curve. it is axiomatic that whenever we are learning something new we will inevitably misjudge, miscalculate, and struggle to learn and do. Call those dynamics mistakes or whatever, the focus is on knowing they happen and not attaching any importance or meaning personally. We use them to enable clearer seeing. That’s it. If others have a negative view it doesn’t matter.

Your life is never going to be about what anyone else thinks about it. Your life will be how you decide to live it and what you decide to make the focus of your attention.

When we take the position that mistakes will happen and we can meet them squarely head on and learn from them we find worry and anxiety fade.

Yikes two quotes!!!

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

Keep going,

Bryan Wagner

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  1. Many of my own mistakes have led me to freedom and understanding. It’s all in the perspective and only we are the final authority on itπŸ˜‰ I choice to look for the lesson within wherever I find myself. Staying curious. Empowering post Bryan πŸŽ†πŸŒ β€

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