Look at a pencil. We know that in order for it to become useful pencil that from time to time, again and again it’s going to have to go through a resharpening. Well if this pencil could feel we could imagine how painful that would be. But that’s what it takes for it to be a useful pencil. Life is much the same. Painful experiences and challenges come to us all but it is through these opportunities that we build character and we grow.
Second is to keep in mind that we will be able to correct many of the mistakes we make along the way. Just like the eraser. So if we learn from our mistakes, they’re not mistakes, they are lessons we can use to do better for the next time around.
Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW is a board certified mental health professional in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.