Three powerful words we need to use more often:
Heavy Metal Rocker,Ozzy Osbourne once said, “It’s all part of my journey – I’ve done a lot of stupid things, but you learn by your mistakes.”
Not everyone feels free to make mistakes.
A true story about General George Patton from his World War II days.
He once accepted an invitation to dine at a press camp in Africa. Wine was served in canteen cups but, obviously thinking he was served coffee, Patton actually poured cream into his cup. As he stirred in sugar, Patton was warned that his cup contained red wine and not coffee.
General Patton, whatever his obvious strengths were, could never, never be wrong. and without hesitating he replied “. . . I know. I like my wine this way.” And he drank it. Patton failed to “own it.”
Of course, none of us ever likes goofing up, and it isn’t easy to admit when we do happen to blunder.
I believe that three of life’s most difficult words to say are . . . ‘I was wrong‘. With our families and among good friends, ,………these are three of the most powerful words we can utter.
“I was wrong” breaks down barriers between people. It brings estranged people together. Opens doors of forgiveness. And it creates a climate where intimacy and love may flourish. You may be surprised at how positively many people respond to the words, those simple words. They are words we need to use more often.
Naturally, it is a risk. But to admit when you are wrong is not to imply that you are a ‘bad’ person. Simply an honest one. It further shows you have good character, integrity, fortitude with good morals; able to judge even one’s own self understanding of right from wrong, and that simply, “YOU BLEW IT!”…..It sets the bar and example for those around you. And true friends, and real people, will appreciate you all the more for it.
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” -Martial Artist/Actor, Bruce Lee
It takes humility and courage to admit a fault. And maybe more to retrace your steps – to make it right. People are happier when they use those three powerful words and allow themselves the occasional freedom to be wrong. It’s a gift they give themselves.
It is really okay to slip up, especially if you ‘own up.’
Other People who have “owned it:”
“I’m most proud of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me, in my life. He’s given me the vision to truly see that you can fall down, but you can still get back up. Hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes and have the opportunity to strengthen and improve the next thing I do.” -Comedian/actor Martin Lawrence
“The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.” -Actor, Robert Downey, Jr.
“Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” -Heavy Metal Rocker,Alice Cooper
“Do I make mistakes? Yeah.” -Actor, Tom Cruise
“Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.” -Actor/Director, William Shatner
“My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.” -Christian advocate/Musician Rocker, Bono
“Reflecting back, we all make mistakes; we all go through our stuff – relationships, financial, all kinds of stuff – and if you can grow from that and pass that message on, it’s a pretty cool thing.” -Heavy Metal Rocker and Radio Personality, Nikki Sixx
There are wrongs and rights…good and bad…figure out what they are and make amends. Right those wrongs and allow it to advance you forward….freedom begins with a forgiven future.
And from the Bible:
Lamentations 3:59 “O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.”
Mark 11:25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Mark 11:26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
More quotes from General Patton:
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” -Gen. George S. Patton
“If a man does his best, what else is there?” -Gen. George S. Patton