Every few months, I notice a theme emerge. Within the past year, such themes have included Patience, Boundaries, Self-acceptance, and now, Humility. While any of these “lesson plans” can be challenging and mistakes are a natural, unavoidable part of life, admitting we’ve done something wrong or hurt others regardless of our intentions can be difficult, if not downright humbling.
Just recently, for example, I attempted a gift return with the help of Amazon customer service. Rather than initiating a gift return, however, the rep requested a regular return. Within seconds—and just as you can imagine—the gift-giver had been notified of my return. During the live conversation that followed his confused email to me, we agreed I would forward my gift to him along with a few extras as a “peace offering”. But, as I hung up the phone, not all was back to normal. He was hurt and I felt guilty.
While we’ve all heard "we all make mistakes”, it can nevertheless be grueling to own our errors, feel the distressing disconnection that stems from them, and make amends. Now that I have my fair share of making mistakes, below are some suggestions coupled with mindfulness that can be helpful to not only recover from our messes and repair relationships, but also cultivate compassion for ourselves and others.
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