Today’s Mandala Message: Mistakes are opportunities to grow.
Continuing with Principle #13 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Take Action, I set my intention today to ponder my handling of mistakes. From PsychologyToday.com: “Generally, a mistake is a decision or an action that we come to regret. Mistakes usually cause some degree of pain, loss, or struggle. Certainly, we might agree that we don’t like the consequences of a choice, and hence we call it a mistake. The irony is that these events, which we try so hard to avoid, may be precisely what we need to experience.”
For those of us who fear making mistakes (getting into trouble, being wrong, looking foolish, etc), seeing them as opportunities can be challenging. With my art, I’ve learned to embrace my mistakes because most times it sends me in a much better direction than I was headed. But in other areas of my life, I do find myself holding back because of my fear of making mistakes…mainly because I fear being judged and being thought of as “less than”. I am truly a work in progress and I accept that about myself.
So how about you? How do you handle mis-takes? Do you do whatever you can to avoid them? Have you noticed how over time they have actually helped you?
“The greatest mistake— Elbert Hubbard
you can make in life
is continually fearing
that you’ll make one.
The Mandala Lady
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.