Many thanks once again to my daughter Trish for today’s post. 👑
Up until recently, this is a word that made me cringe. I hated the word…detested it actually and wanted nothing to do with it.
When I made mistakes it would take me a long time to recover from them. Truthfully, I’m still in recovery mode. I’m not quite 100% ok with making mistakes but I am improving daily. See to me, mistakes signified that I’m not good enough, I suck and I’m not good enough. Wait. Did I say ‘I’m not good enough’ already? Riiight…I did.
Between you and I, this is probably why I prefer cooking to baking. See when I cook, I can alter the combinations as much as I want to create a tasty dish to ensure success. But baking…let me tell ya…it’s a whole ‘nother story. The times I’ve tried baking, I read the instructions, followed the instructions and prayed like crazy that the result is edible. Friends…these are the times my prayers don’t work.
This year, I’ve been working on embracing mistakes. See ‘failure’ is defined as ‘lack of success’, not ‘success is impossible’. The definition of failure, in itself, tells me that success is possible, it’s simply that the combination used didn’t produce success.
I had to reframe my thinking. Instead of thinking I’m not good enough, I had to start thinking what else can I do to create success. Instead of shying away from taking risks, I had to put my brave pants on and get risky. Which is very different from risqué ;). At some point I began thinking how can I help my boys be ok with failure too. So we decided that each week we’d share with each other what we failed at and discuss ways to try to create better success.
Anyway – I may never be good at baking…and frankly I’m ok with that…I’ve got bigger fish to fry (no pun intended). But I’m well on my way to be ok with failure and ensuring that my boys are too!
Proverbs 24:16 MSG “God-loyal people don’t stay down for long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces.”