Is a mistake really a mistake?
My wife and I just returned from our wonderful trip to Paris. While we enjoyed great food and great sightseeing, one incident sticks in my mind: On our way back to our apartment after visiting a friend, we took the wrong entrance, and we ended up in zone for the regional trains rather than the local trains. My initial thought was uh-oh…
Not to worry: Turns out some of the regional train stations overlap with the local trains. As an added bonus, we returned to our apartment much faster than anticipated. The regional train only had two stops rather than the 11 for the local train.
So was our mistake really a mistake?
- We learned a whole new part of the Paris train system.
- We also gained new confidence. I begun to relax in Paris — not everything had to go according to my scripted plan.
I have made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime. On occasion I would berate myself for it. I’m less prone to doing that nowadays. If I can’t change the past, I might as well focus on the present and what I can do next.
If we reframe the mistake as just another different avenue or fork in the road we have taken, it may allow us to learn and enjoy the journey that we are on.
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”