For the November 22, 2021 (The day President John Kennedy was shot 58 years ago when I was a sophomore at Fair Lawn (NJ) High School.) KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour hosted by Mark Gross and Peggy Berryhill in Gualala, California, we are asked to freewrite to this prompt: Do we define people (or ourselves) by their mistakes? See where it takes you.
Danny Boy, sit down. We need to talk. About your quote mistakes. Have you done any of the following?
Judging others? Yeah, I guess so.
Judging yourself harshly? Ouch.
Too hasty in making decisions? Definitely.
Lacking courage when courage is called for? You got me.
Not wanting to bother others? Yes, indeed.
Worrying what others think? Guilty as charged.
Could have been a better parent? Husband? Sib? Yes, yes, and yes.
We get the picture. You are far from perfect. But Danny Boy, who do you think you are, the Lone Ranger!
You were a kid. You were younger than today. You were on a journey of a lifetime – to find out who you are. None of these were mistakes. They were opportunities to gain experience and develop. For heaven’s sakes, lighten up.
Mistakes are lessons in life, oh aged one. No need to regret. Learn, heal, and move forward.
Your quote mistakes do not define you. They brought you to the beautiful place where you are today. You might even consider thanking them.
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