Most of us hope to grow wiser as we grow older, and to learn to make better decisions in life along the way.
We learn new things from most of our personal experiences, both good and bad. But it’s often the mistakes that have the most powerful impact. Particularly if you’re aware enough to recognise what went wrong, be grateful for the learnings, and use the experience to make better decisions in future. This is when wisdom really develops, wisdom that can also be shared for the benefit of others.
But where this can all go terribly wrong is when you resist the mistake. You pretend it never happened, or you don’t face up to it and deal with it in a constructive way. The ego is just overwhelming you to keep its pristine appearance intact – to admit mistake would be like death! [Read more...]