Daily Inspiration: Forgiving yourself in the midst of mistakes

“Everyone makes mistakes. The wise are not people who never make mistakes, but those who forgive themselves and learn from their mistakes.” – Ajahn Brahm

When you make a mistake, there may be an initial feeling of fear that can attempt to enter into your mind. Yet forgiveness can be a powerful force for learning and redemption. Is it possible to train yourself to see mistakes differently? Is it possible to see making a mistake as something which calls forgiveness into your mind to offer yourself?

Sometimes, it isn’t even that we feel bad because we made a mistake, but we live in a perpetual fear that we might make a mistake. We may want to do everything perfectly so that everyone else will be happy. Whether it’s our boss, client, customer, friend or family member, the desire to never make a mistake will actually operate in our minds in a way that contributes to more mistakes being made. Yet if we are willing to make mistakes and see them as learning opportunities, empowered by forgiveness to help us learn, we will grow far more capable in what we wish to do in our lives as we journey forward.

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