We don’t own our mistakes
because we’re afraid
they will make us look bad,
stupid or pathetic.
And so we go to great lengths to
protect our image of perfection,
oozing an air of
strong powerful confidence.
But while hiding our mistakes,
covering them up,
making excuses or pretending
they didn’t happen,
we are crumbling
– behind our carefully cultivated mask –
into a heap of fear,
self loathing and insecurity.
it is by owning our actions
– even when they are not
what we intended them to be,
and even when they don’t reflect
who we truly are,
that we are aligning ourselves again
with our true selves
with class, style and integrity.
Apologizing for the lie,
cleaning up the debris,
coming up with a solution,
is so much more empowering than
being at war with ourselves and the world
over a mistake we are too proud to admit.
For it’s not the mistake
that is eating away at our confidence.
It’s our denying the mistake,
This poem was inspired by this post from Terri Cole on Positively Positive.
Photo from here.
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