“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, humility enough to confess my errors and retrace my steps.” – Mahatma Gandhi


There is a hugely powerful lesson to learn in the confession of errors, one that can take us very, very far in life……however, as powerful as the confession itself might be, it becomes even greater when the second part is followed through with.

It can take bucketloads of courage to admit you were wrong about something, especially if it relates to, for example, an error that transgresses one’s own values or principles. A much earlier Daily Sharman article looked into eating humble pie, which is worth re-reading, because it not only takes courage to admit error, it takes courage to be humble about it too!

And sometimes, saying sorry, as good as that is, might not be enough to complete the learning journey – it helps to understand not only exactly what you are sorry for but why you are – and, crucially, how you came to be in this position in the first place.

If you can trace your actions back to the moment you decided to do ‘X which upset ‘y’ person, you can take a look into what your motives, feelings, and perspectives were at that time. This act of retracing not just your steps but your emotional space too, which would have influenced your steps, enables you to see what options existed and, therefore, might exist next time you’re in that position.

Then, through that learning process, you can help yourself make a different choice next time.

What has gone wrong recently for you which, when you look at more deeply, you can see differently, accept where you erred and understand why? Will you take that journey today?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman



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