Mistakes = errors, bloopers, faults, goofs. Right?

Hmm, maybe.

Do a search on the many things created or discovered through mistakes: chocolate chip cookies, popsicles, Ivory soap bars to name a few. Yes, mistakes have also lead to damage, wars, and lots of negative stuff, too.

New and mistakes often go hand in hand.

Fear of mistakes can cause a lot of issues.


MISTAKE (Photo credit: Celestine Chua)

At times I get in my own way because I might make a mistake. Usually that is tied to my concern someone will see me as a fool or perceive me in some negative way. With time (and lots of practice making mistakes) I have learned to trust the process I am in, to trust myself, to find joy in the “mistake”.

I am a self-proclaimed member of “See America By Accident” – in other words I make mistakes and end up someplace new and exciting.

From time to time I make mistakes when I sing lyrics in sessions, at church, … some are pretty funny and make me and those around me laugh or smile.

In music therapy sessions and in lessons I am encouraging clients to take risks, to be open to try things, to be open to making mistakes. Those same concerns and issues I have/had also show themselves with many of my clients. And, I hope they are learning to find the “joy” in the mistake.

Yes, there is a time for correctness. Mistakes have led to wars, disasters,…altered history.

Yet, if we live life not allowing for mistakes, we are missing something. This quote from English author Neil Gaiman seems to sum up my feelings on mistakes:

Neil Gaiman

Cover of Neil Gaiman

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

As we enter the new year, I hope will join me in trying new things and in making time for mistakes. Access my bright ideas for fun by signing up for access to my newsletters which will be online in 2014.

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