One of the most important lessons that I strive to teach my students falls in the realm of the learning process. In anything you learn, you will make mistakes - you will not understand everything the first time, and that is alright. I encourage them to embrace their mistakes, learn from them, and be better because of them. I also explain their reaction to mistakes and failures is everything - the choices are clear: positive change or negative self doubt. It is up to them to decide.
One Wednesday this past August, I have to listen to my own words and learn my own lesson. It started off as a fairly good day, but a series of occurrences threatened to change this. As I left my classroom that morning, I dropped my plastic water bottle, which proceeded to break and splatter all over the floor. Thank goodness for great custodians! Then lunch rolled around - I am doing pretty well at this point...until I realize I epically failed. I was supposed to be present at a gathering for lunch, and I was responsible for plates. Epic fail! I pride myself on being responsible and on top of things - this time, I was not. Many apologies later, I am thankful for gracious co-workers that are kind to forgive.We all make mistakes - it is a given that we will mess up. Life happens, and sometimes,, the situation is out of our control. We are human - we are fallible - it happens. The biggest takeaway from making mistakes resides in owning them and learning from them. Thank you, Lord, for Your precious forgiving heart - You are there to pick us up when we fall, get us back on our feet, and help us move forward.
God bless, Steve Luke 18:1
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