Everyone makes them. Most will admit it. Some will even confess it.
What’s A Mistake?
The word is defined as:
“An error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, or insufficient knowledge.”
That’s an excellent definition, it covers all the bases, is clear, concise and complete.
- Forgetting to put the lid on something and ruining it.
- Making a miscalculation in the checking account.
- Being late to pick up your kid after school.
Yep, those five are mistakes all right, clear miscalculations due to carelessness.
Some mistakes aren’t fatal, but still hurtful.
- Damaging a friendship with careless words.
- Doing something foolish and alienating a child.
- Losing our temper with the ones we love.
Those are serious but maybe not overwhelming, probably easier to remedy.
However, I would argue that the definition is lacking something. So much so that it could be thought of as a mistake. It failed to mention the gut wrenching, life shattering consequences that some mistakes leave us with, overwhelmed and destroyed.
- Reckless driving ending with others injured or killed.
- An affair that destroys the marriage.
- Being drunk or stoned at work.
Those would be in the category of overwhelming mistakes. Those, and others like them, can ruin lives, destroy careers, and in an instant separate us from everyone we love and everything we’ve achieved.
Some mistakes are concealed, hidden and kept undetected. But others are public, uncovered and exposed to the full light of day. They can haunt us and hover above our heads like a dark cloud. Some mistakes stick for life.
Overcoming serious mistakes isn’t easy.
But It Can Be Done!
Look for “Overcoming Our Mistakes, Part Two,” in Wednesday’s blog.