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You are correct - Such mistakes do tend to linger in ones memory for a very long time, and do tend to detract from even very beneficial things one may contribute... Remind me to remember that. ;-)

Very respectfully,


Your mistakes, an other's, or your perception of an event? George Gobel said, “Do you ever feel the world is a tuxedo and you're a pair of brown shoes?” Or do you celebrate the differences that you are and others are. Simply put: there's always someone who's better than you and some worse: depression is believing those worse are fewer than those better when, in fact, it doesn't matter.

I am very good at some things, other not. I have absolutely no arithmetic ability, none whatsoever. There are grade three kids who excel past me and I don't exaggerate. I stumble over numbers. Yet as a consultant in finding problems I believe, honestly, that I am one of the best. I have clients in 22 countries that pay me a salty fee to get my take on a true cause. That's what I do best.

Yet my car mechanic is as good as I in his field. Yet I am not lesser because he is. He is not lesser because I am good in my field. You ability in finance is far beyond mine yet I celebrate your ability because I can benefit from it as you can mine. We don't compete we compliment.

There's a wall painted white and in one corner a dark fingerprint. The eye is drawn to that smudge. The wall is not perfect. Yet this wall with it's smudge is different than all other walls and is remembered for the differences. I am not perfect yet it is my imperfections that make me who I am and remembered as I am. Not that my imperfections make me more human but more understandable.

Yet the remainder of the wall is pure white. That's the wholeness of it. The smudge does not take from that, it cannot.

Abbu Hassan, in his 20's, farted in the mosque and left the country in deep embarrassment. Twenty year later he returned and met a young girl. He asked, “How old are you?” She said, “I was born two years after Abbu Hassan farted.”

Don't you thank all that is above that our life's mistakes aren't that recorded?


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