“How many times do we pay for one mistake? …The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Years ago I got inspired to write a book on dreamwork. I imagined I’d write this amazing book, then end up with a radio show, that may even grow into a reality show on the Discovery channel! After all, dreams are an amazing way to grow and heal. Everyone would benefit from learning to work with their dreams, and I would be the person to bring that to the world.
And then I kept on daydreaming about it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country was a gal who loved working with dreams. She wrote a book on dreams, got a radio show, starting working on her own reality how, and then wrote another book on dreams.
I started punishing myself for this. Every time I’d come up with what I thought was a great book idea, this little voice would say “you never even followed through on your first idea, and look what happened! Someone else came along, and did what you couldn’t! Why don’t you just give up!” Good ideas started bringing with them feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm. They were simply dangling carrots that I’d never manage to enjoy!
I finally had to learn to change that missed opportunity into a lesson. That good ideas are out there waiting to be discovered, but they require an enthusiastic energy to work through. When we show the Universe that we have that enthusiasm, and are willing to be guided, that idea rushes to meet us! And it brings with it everything we’ll need to accomplish it.
No matter what sort of mistake we make, we always have the opportunity to learn from it. In fact, many a great inventor made many mistakes along the way, only to come up with something bigger and brighter than originally imagined!
How about if instead of dwelling on our mistakes, we just see them as a force moving us toward embodying something bigger and brighter than we ever imagined too!