I love it when people share their wisdom. It's part of why I send out a quote every Monday and then, write about it on Thursdays in my blogette. I love sharing a specific message from others and I also feel like it's my duty to often pass along my own observations and lessons-learned. The way I see it, we are all in this, meaning life, together and the more we can help each other out, the better.
Sometimes I'm surprised at the source for these lessons, but that just helps to remind me that everyone has their journey and something to offer. Sometimes it's even more meaningful to me when I hear or read something enlightening from an unexpected source. This was what happened when I recently heard an interview between Tony Robbins and Pitbull. I've admired Tony for years and I've loved Pitbull's music and ability to entertain, however I never thought of them "together". As it turns out, Pitbull's mother had him listen to Tony's tapes while he was growing up. He credits Robbins' inspiration for helping him achieve success.
During the interview, one phrase jumped out at me:
"You don't make mistakes. Mistakes make you."
While many of us are afraid to make mistakes, it's a fact of life that we are all going to experience miscalculations or blunder at some point and probably several times. It's unavoidable and the good news is that that's how we find our way. It's errors and misinterpretations that teach us what's most important in life and to us personally. They shape us and give us guidance. The bonus is that our mistakes not only contribute to our learning curve, but can serve as an example for others. If we believe that we can get through life without any slip-ups or bloopers we are either kidding ourselves or living under the covers in fear of having any life at all.
I believe we all need to contribute in some way. It's what life is about and it's not always about offering our "best". Sometimes it's about trying something, finding that it wasn't well thought-out or there was a flaw and taking that information to come up with something better. Put yourself out there -- have good intentions -- try to come from a place of love and caring and if you have to change direction, consider it a learning experience or illumination (as in, let your light shine). This is what I wish for you.