I was sitting around this afternoon watching a program – suspense, pretty tense – in which a man stood on the verge of losing everything. In his case it was because of a poorly thought out indiscretion but ultimately it marked a moment in which he made a series of mistakes and was about to lose everything because of them. As I watched the script play out, I thought he was going to kill himself. He didn’t (at least not yet because I paused the episode to write this entry), but it reminded me of a few things.
All of us have screwed up. Most of us have failed to accomplish something. But knowing that I challenge us all to realize we have never really failed, because failure to me is a factory of learning moments. And screwing up is ultimately human nature. The drama comes in when we look at the world around us and believe that we need, somehow to be perfect, when no one actually is.
Most of our personal dramas don’t come to a point of jumping off a rooftop. Here’s hoping we can all Zen enough so that it never does. Remember as I like to say that you can’t fix yesterday, so don’t dwell on it. You can’t predict the future, so don’t sweat it. Make great decisions in today and you will be just fine. It’s actually the secret to both balance and renewal, because when we aren’t creating drama for ourselves there’s…well there’s no drama.
If you mess up, clean up your mess, and start the day anew. There really is nothing holding you back from tomorrow.