Monday, May 9, 2011

GIve Yourself Permission To Make Mistakes

I make mistakes, a lot. Do you make mistakes? The answer is yes. We all make mistakes, that's how we learn. I choose to think of mistakes as opportunities to grow. Think about it, when you are piecing a quilt and make a mistake the chance of making that mistake again is pretty slim. The same goes for recipes; if you put too much salt in a dish or cook it for too long you learn from that. I remind myself of those mistakes by making a note on the pattern or recipe page. You might be thinking that doesn't apply to everything but it most likely does, even for the big things. And the great thing about mistakes is that almost all the time they can be fixed or humbly apologized for, even if that apology is to ourselves.

Many of us beat ourselves up for any little mistake that we make. We will apologize to others for our mistakes, but not to ourselves. The experts say that we need to love and respect ourselves first before we can love and respect others. If we give ourselves permission to make mistakes, apologize to ourselves for them and learn from them then we will not spend as much time 'self loathing' ourselves, which will lead to more time being happy with ourselves.


  1. It's so true! Mistakes are just part of learning how NOT to do things. Then we move on and rarely repeat them. No self loathing necessary since we are all human, right? Nice post!