Have you ever made a mistake? A mistake so bad your heart sinks to the floor and you feel the heat behind your ears. Let me tell you, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there. Mistakes are a part of life, mistakes make us human. How you handle the mistake is very telling of your character. Did you own up to your mistake? Did you try to make things right? Or did you just let it be, or even fight to say that what you did was not a mistake? Owning up to your mistake is important because it lets those around you know, what you did does not define who you are.
Holding on to this guilt can have an emotional toll on you. This is why cancel culture is so toxic. Just because someone makes one mistake does not mean they have no capability to change, because quite literally everyone has the capability to change. Forgiving others all starts with your capability to forgive yourself. When you show yourself grace and compassion, it is far easier to show others that same grace and compassion.
Everyone deserves to be forgiven, because without forgiveness how could someone ever learn and grow from their mistakes. But don’t confuse someone’s apology with someone learning from their mistakes, because someone can apologize over and over again for what they have done, but if they keep repeating the mistake then is their apology really genuine? Do they honestly feel bad for what they have done? Probably not. This type of behavior is toxic and not the kind of energy you want to surround yourself with. It is important to surround yourself with people who will learn from their mistakes and forgive you for yours.
I encourage you all to look on the bright side of your mistake. What has your mistake taught you? How are you going to learn and grow as a person? How will you handle this type of situation next time it arises? It is these things that will define the type of person you are, not the mistake itself.