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Some of the most obvious mistakes have created the most monumental discoveries.  The slinky, silly putty and potato chips. More importantly, Penicillin created by mistake!  Did these inventors hang their head in shame?  Obviously not, a great use came out of the mistake.  When Mark Twain was asked who is the greatest inventor?  His reply was “accident”.

Those examples put making a “mistake” into perspective.  A mistake should not give cause to blame, ostracize or shame. Instead it should be revered as growth, spontaneity, and decision making.

Sometimes it can be amusing.  Have you watched a child asked to choose between two gummy bears?  They’ve tasted neither but must choose, and they shake and hover because it could be a mistake.  The treat is tantalizing and they choose and live with the decision. Sometimes that decision may involve disappointment.  What of teenagers nearly paralyzed with indecision;  which clothes to wear to an event, if they make a mistake they might be laughed at or made to feel foolish or stand out awkwardly. They feel they only have one chance to get it right! They can’t make a mistake or . . .

Is it because at some point, someone has made an issue of making a mistake?  “You’d better not make a mistake!”  That would only be true if pulling the red wire not the blue wire meant instant death.

Making a mistake can create strength of character and opportunity for growth.   If it’s a simple mistake, we can repair it, especially if it pertains to others.  It’s a lesson learned and often not repeated.

Sometimes I think the fear of making a mistake is our desire to avoid looking foolish to others.  Perhaps we have made a wretched mistake in the past and felt the repercussions.  Possibly we were traumatized by the mistake someone else made and it affected us as individuals in a major way.

Since we are all perfectly imperfect, making choices and decisions will inevitably involve some mistakes. It’s a given, a certainty that no matter how old you are, until your last breath, you will be required to make decisions and that can and will inevitably involve mistakes.  Hopefully, we will understand, repair learn grow and move on in the knowledge that a mistake is not the end, but the beginning.










  1. Nice post. The greater challenge is with dealing with mistakes that are not repairable, the ones that leave indelible marks on us. Lesson learned and damage done. As you pointed out we still have to move on nonetheless. May we find the courage to truly move on. Thanks for sharing !


    • Thank you for your input and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate hearing from others, their thoughts, their take on what I’ve said. Ive been trying to get to yours, but it’s not happening. Having issues at the moment. Most definitely will try again. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Sheryl says:

    I love funny mistakes and yes watching a child choose between to ‘anything’s’ is hilarious. “pick a hand” will send my son into near panic for some reason, mostly because he knows both options are good and different.


    • It’s so true! I chose the lighter side since so many went with another option. children can teach us so much, and they are delightful to watch. thank you for commenting, I appreciate it so much
      Hearing others thoughts on the subject is always welcoming.


  3. Interesting read and a great post. Keep it up!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It would be awesome if you could take part in it🙂 Here’s the link to the post explaining it:


    • Im new to all online stuff lol trying to find my way I’m also between us quite blind so it takes me a bit to figure everything out takes patience dealing with me. Once I memorize what’s required is all good I’d love to take part not sure how still even thigh I went to the link. I’ll keep trying until I get it take care in the meantime


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