I found it has become easy for us to accept making mistakes. How many times have you heard, or even said, “I’m only human”? It’s as if we dismiss our mistakes because we understand the circumstances behind our mistakes. We are overloaded with work, too many things on our minds, miscalculated a number (easy mistake, right?), slight laps of judgement, the list can go on. The point is, we understand why we make mistakes and because of that we can accept them more easily.
Maybe I am only speaking for myself here. I know I make mistakes. I try to learn from them so I don’t repeat them, but some mistakes are harder to learn from than others. And those are the ones that beat me up when I see them happen over and over again. It may look as if I am not trying. Sometimes it feels as if I am not trying, especially when I am faced with the obstacle back to back and fail each time. It becomes almost too easy to say, “I am only human”.
I am convinced we all have a major obstacle in our life. It can be anything from trusting others, balancing a budget, drug or alcohol addictions, lack of motivation, fear of change, insecurities, even perfectionism. Your obstacle may not be listed or may there are more than one obstacle in your life. Each one of us will face a stumbling block repeatedly reminding us of our mistakes. It happens so often we become nonchalant about it. But, if you are like me, it never leaves your mind. You want better for yourself. You want to put an end to the life-long (or long enough) monkey wrench.
The important thing to remember is, we still get up every day and try. We may fail every day, but we don’t give up. It may seem as if we are accepting our mistakes without thought. However, there is serious pressure put on us daily to overcome our obstacles. Give yourself a break. We can be so hard on us when we see our failures, but we need to give ourselves the same forgiveness we give others.
This week, take time to really dive into the obstacle you want to overcome. Many people say listen to your heart, but I find that dangerous. Listening to our hearts often leads us to the feelings of disappointment. Figuratively, our hearts hold all our emotions. It can take us all over the map and off path.
I suggest instead to concentrate on the obstacle itself.
When you ask yourself these questions, consider one thing you can be conscious about this week. Have you seen What About Bob? That movie was spot on with baby steps. It takes baby steps to make changes in areas of our lives that have been with us long-term.
I am no psychiatrist. Pretty sure you all know this. However, I have lived a life full of many obstacles I have or are in the process of overcoming. I have allowed myself to see my mistakes are more than “I’m just human” and really recognize I am able to take control. I see I have potential to overcome. It has given me the confidence I am worth it, and I can achieve it. It may not happen tomorrow, but I know it will happen.
I am happy with each baby step, awareness, thought, action, and habit. I also know I couldn’t have done it without God. God may not be part of your life, but for me He is the center of it. Without being able to know I can give my burdens to Him, and know the love and hope He has for us, I may have chosen a life of resentment.
I pray for my readers. If you have an obstacle you want prayer over, leave me a comment or send me a message, I’d love to pray over and with you!