it—we’re all human, which means we’re not infallible, and at times we do or say
things we wish we hadn’t. Although it’s normal to feel bad about it, we’re usually
able to move on and eventually let go of the misstep—or even forget about it.
of us have also made mistakes that seem to stay in the back of our mind for a
long time and haunt us with guilt, sorrow, or feelings of foolishness. For
example, have you ever:
This list could go on, but I’m sure you know what I’m getting at. As we go through life, we occasionally fail ourselves and those around us. When this happens, it doesn’t mean we’re somehow inherently bad or flawed, but it does require that we face the reality of what we’ve done and take responsibility for it. Otherwise, the mistake can weigh us down and interfere with moving forward in a healthy way.
struggling with the burden of a regret for something you did or didn’t do in
the past—even if it was a long time ago—I want to share 3 strategies that have helped
me work through my own missteps.
I wish there
were guarantees that once we’ve messed up badly, we’d be smart enough to avoid
doing it again, but that’s just not how real life always seems to work. What we
can do though to override our human tendency for errors is to learn from our
mistakes, so that over time we can become wiser and more conscientious about
our actions and decisions.
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