Hello, and welcome to Wednesday Wisdom. Today I would like to share a quote with you that speaks to me. However not only am I sharing the quote, I am also offering it as a freebie design that can be downloaded and stitched out.
one who makes no mistakes, never makes anything.
I think this is truly profound. I try hard to teach the children that mistakes happen to everyone, and certainly I make my share (and probably a couple of other people’s share) of them. However Grace (my 11yr old daughter), gets truly frustrated when she cannot do something perfectly, and I spend a lot of time showing her that mistakes are how we learn, and how we know what not to do. Grace is dyslexic, and struggles with her schoolwork a little more than some other kids, and we whilst she is a brilliant reader, she is much slower at writing than many other students. We spend a lot of time explaining to Gracie that her dyslexia is one of the things that makes her special, and that the mistakes that she makes will lead to her being a more empathetic person as she gets older.
I have created this free design using a gorgeous sewing design, it is suitable for the 5×7 hoop and above, and is all stitched in one colour. I think this design would make a fantastic mug rug, or tiny wallhanging.
As I have been writing this post, and looking at ways to show Grace that mistakes can be a good thing, I have come across some fantastic facts and ideas.
10 benefits of making mistakes:-
- Point us to something we did not know
- Deepen our knowledge
- Tell us something about our skill levels
- Teach us more about others
- Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work
- Remind us of our humanity
- Spur us to want to better work which helps us all
- Promote compassion for ourselves and others
- Can teach us how to experiment
- Make us more humble
Some of the secrets to handling mistakes is to:
- Expect them as part of growth and development of knowledge
- Have an experimental mind, whereby you are comfortable trying out new things, and seeing if they “work” before committing a large project to them.
- Think in evolving terms rather than fixed terms.
When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.
It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is a natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.
Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt this mindframe, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.
Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.
I hope you have enjoyed this quote, and free design, and I would love to hear about some of your “mistakes” that turned into fantastic opportunities.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.