Moving Past Mistakes

The first time I took a hot bath (as an adult) I had no idea what I was doing.

I wanted to relax my muscles, so I grabbed a bag of Dr. Teals, turned on the H, poured some Epsom salt into the tube, and proceeded to make the rookiest mistake you can make—I waited until the tub was full before getting in.

Naturally, it was like stepping your foot into boiling lava. So there I was, full bath, completely naked, waiting outside the tub shivering for thirty minutes for the water to cool.

Mistakes like this can happen to the best of us. We step into the unknown, completely unaware that our battleship is about to be sunk.

Sometimes stepping blindly into a venture is exactly what we needed. Because if we knew what we didn’t know at the start, we might have chosen not to do it, and we would have missed out on a moment of personal or professional growth. Sometimes we step faithfully out into the unknown and get super lucky and/or with the right mindset and we accomplish what we aim for.

Sometimes mistakes are silly humbling moments that give us a story to share later on.

There are different mistakes, however, that leave us wreaked and reactive. These are also humbling moments of growth (usually after we put some time and distance between it and ourselves), although at the moment you’re crying in the shower, wondering how you will ever move forward.

Yet, moving forward is exactly what we must do. Because if we stop now if we give in to hopelessness, we won’t grow. We won’t become something more than our mistakes.

Forward momentum is how we can thrive.

All we need to focus on is taking that next step forward.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1178

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