Sunday, February 28, 2010

Admitting a mistake!!

I saw something very nice on television last night. At the beginning of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the Canadian Olympic Committee made fun of the glitch that occurred on the opening ceremonies, when one of the four columns that was to hold the Olympic flame failed to rise. By making fun of their own mistake, they accomplished two things. Firstly, they admitted making a mistake and secondly, they accepted the shortcoming in their planning.

So how often does one see that in our day-to-day life? Not enough. We all make mistakes. Some of them we realize, others we don't. Its a part of life. I probably make a few before I leave the house each morning! And like many others, I too hesitate to admit to them. I think the world would be a lot more happier and less complicated if people admitted to their mistakes. That's the only way we can get better and improve ourselves.

Mistakes are painful when we make them. But down the years, a collection of mistakes is called "Experience." Thinking we know, when in fact we don't, is a common error in judgment, to which we are all prone. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit to our shortcomings and make amends for them. We should learn from the mistakes of others because we won't live long enough to make them all ourselves!

"There's no bigger mistake than that of thinking we have never made one!"