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The Burden of Mistakes
by E T Waldron   
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Last edited: Sunday, May 15, 2005
Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

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Learning to let go!


Some of us carry so many unecessary burdens! We hang onto our past mistakes,leaving no room for our daily ones. We should realize that life is a learning experience that never ends, therefore neither will our mistakes.

The best we can do is be honest, own up to what we did, then do our best, try not to repeat the same thing again. Then forget,  and get on with life's lessons. We probably will repeat some of them, because it is human nature to do so. The thing is not to let them hold us hostage.

When we ask for forgiveness, remember to also forgive ourselves, and that should be the end of it, for that particular mistake. To live it over and over is something that keeps us from becoming all that we can be. It is foolish to let the past hold us back from future happiness.

We who believe in living according to moral standards, should know that it is futile to keep ourselves bogged down with guilt. Yet we do it all the time. We may not even realize it because it is such a subtle habit, from childhood on we are told about the wrong we do, and the consequences to be paid, so we play the tape over and over again, out of habit.

We need to have a good talk with ourselves and come to terms with the fact that by not letting go of things we have already paid for in a sense, by owning up to them, then we are allowing our faults to dictate our behavior, which in turn becomes an obstacle to achieving our goals or from having peace and happiness.

More relationships are ruined, because of unforgiven mistakes than anything else. Since we are all equally capable of making mistakes, it seems incredible that we hold others accountable, for something we too can so easily do wrong. I guess we each own a bit of hypocrisy too.

It is said that before we love others we must first learn to love ourselves. Well, I think the same goes for forgiveness. We must also learn to forgive ourselves if we want to be able to forgive others. It is certainly  worth achieving, since it is the most freeing  and satisfying of all the goals we  can set for ourselves.

Eileen Alrisha~2005

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Reviewed by Dave Harm
For me, a lot easier said then done... my past is riddled with nightmares of self-destruction and the pure enjoyment of destroying others... thankfully, that was over a decade ago and yet I still feel the shame of it... I've made amends, some forgave, some spat in my eye (and I didn't blame them) over time I honestly believe that God forgave me... and I know I'm not God, but its a daily battle to forgive myself... pride? I don't think so... just down in the dirt ugly shame...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
interesting read
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
On the money here, Eileen! ~~Nordette
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet
One of the most powerful yet simple lessons, Eileen... let go, let God... and I first heard it when I was working on an article for a local magazine about a funeral home run by a family over many generations. It stayed with me. Yet, sometimes, it is the simplest lessons that are the hardest to learn. I still struggle...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
advice that i need to do; thanks for sharing, o wise one! great write!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Guilt is insidious in the human condition. 99% of the counseling I do is about some perceived guilt, and it is usually some bullshit used to cripple us, and keep us from achieving our full potential. Good article.

Reviewed by Carole Mathys
So much truth in this article Eileen, too many of us sweat the small stuff and miss out on the big picture...thanks for sharing.

Peace and love, Carole
Reviewed by Betty Torain
Thanks for this helpful, well written article. It is realy true. I hope this is an excerpt from the book you will be writing on this subject. God bless you Elrisha. Love and prayers . Betty,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Thank you for sharing this... something to think about....thank you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll
Sage advice.
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