Can you ever admit that you were wrong? In the game of life, when does honesty play it’s part…how often does a decision you made go the wrong way and do you have enough humility to see it? Maybe you didn’t do it on purpose, but you still did it. If you did, can you fess up and admit you may have been wrong?
Or is wrong something you can simply assess after the fact…perhaps that in the moment, every moment, you react with your gut, but only hindsight helps you realize the error of your ways. Why couldn’t we all build time machines that helped us go back to that very moment and undo the monumental thing we did to cause future worry and heartache? Because I guess what you did was probably caused by something giving you worry and heartache in the first place. If you reacted how you felt necessary at the time, and reacted in such a way to keep your life moving or your principles known…does wrong really ever exist?
As my dad put it, “Your whole life will be about making decisions and more decisions. Some will turn out great , some good, some so-so and and some bad. You will only ever 2nd guess the latter two.” Well dad, I think I’m human enough to admit that I’m guilty of second-guessing.
Okay, there is of course a grey area here. There are actions that are certainly considered wrong (embezzlement, murder… teased hair) but most people are driven by something to say, or to do, the choice they made in that moment. Let’s be honest, even murder in self-defence, or teased hair for an 80’s party can be defended… but who can admit they may have made a mistake? How many are willing to simply utter those words, “I was wrong”.
(And ladies, let’s be honest, those three words may be harder for a man to utter than those other three dreaded ones)
For all those with regret, or uncertainty, fear of the unknown…try to remember that every action, every thought, every moment of hindsight is simply a stepping stone, or a lesson for whatever comes next. Maybe the right way just wasn’t marked on your map yet.
You can’t do anything about the past, other than admit your mistakes, apologize for your regrets, and realize that no matter how many wrong turns you take on the way…ultimately we all end up at the same destination.
The Ginga Ninja