30 Days of Thanks #2- Learning from Mistakes
During the month of November I am writing about the first thing that I am consciously thankful for each day as a way to intentionally be more grateful. Check out the first one for more information on why I am doing this.
Yesterday I messed up. Twice. In reality I messed up a lot more than that yesterday, but I’m really upset because I made the same mistake twice. On two different occasions I said something to two different individuals that I hoped would be helpful, but neither time was what I had to say necessary or uplifting. I was genuinely trying to help, and even though I was trying to be encouraging, I knew the statements could be devastating. Obviously they were.
Both times my words caused a look of visible defeat to come across the listener’s face. Have you ever seen that look on someone’s face? The you-just-crushed-my-spirit look? The worst part is that I never have any idea what to say or do after that. I feel like a performer in some kind of twisted circus. “For my next act, I will rip your beating heart out of your chest while simultaneously stabbing you in the back!”
This morning I got another chance. I had to relay some delicate information and had a little time to think about what I would say and what I would leave out. With the thought of those two faces still fresh in my mind, I was able to be more kind this morning. I was able to get my point across without being hurtful. I was able to be discreet yet emphatic. I didn’t make the same mistake a third time. That trilogy would have been all dark side.
Today, November 2, I am thankful that the Lord gave me a chance to learn from yesterday’s mistakes.
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)