Are the mistakes which we make, in effect, lessons we need to learn?

Glen, I believe that good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. What do you think? (An inquiry from a reader of my blog and book.)

Response: Humbly and respectfully, I believe this can certainly be quite true – you make an important point. Mistakes, as long as we do not get lost in a purgatory of making the same ones over and over, are lessons we need to learn. This may seem quite obvious, yet it must not be so obvious, e.g., this outlook rarely seems to be addressed.

In the ages-old wellness arts/philosophy that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, we say that it is ALSO so very much about learning to mindfully embrace opportunities in which we can do the right thing for the right sake…without the need for selfish recognition and hidden agendas (and doing so in an appreciative spirit, e.g., knowing that there is ALWAYS room for improvement). This healthful outlook can provoke realization of greater and greater levels of objective (less and less blemished) insight and critical thinking skills (connecting-of-the-healthful-dots/’pattern literacy).

Ideally, it can be in learning to live life as a living loving art, in the splendidly healthful spirit of ‘true appreciation’ and ‘true honesty.’ We say that, “if there is a Heaven, if there is a ‘key to the universe,’ they are rooted in ‘true honesty,’ promoting of ‘true happiness’ and ‘true freedom’…needing less and less to hide behind.” — Dr. Glen Hepker



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