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May 31

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Making mistakes

As I went through my email inbox last night, I discovered a message from a website client that had somehow slipped by me. I had clearly opened it, but I don’t remember having read it. It was a time-sensitive email that needed to be acted upon before Memorial Day weekend and by the time I opened it yesterday, it was far too late.  It’s a big bad boo-boo.  I don’t like making those.

But here’s the thing – I didn’t berate myself. I felt bad for having done it, but I didn’t feel like I was a bad person for having done it. It’s a distinction that Ken Kizer (geez, have I mentioned him much lately?) has made several times in our conversations – if you think that you’ve done bad, that can be fixed; if you believe that you are bad, that requires internal and/or external punishment.

I made a mistake.  I contacted the client and apologized.  I told her that I was doing the next piece of work that she’d sent me without charge in acknowledgment of the error.  And I went on with my day.

Am I bummed that I let a client down? Absolutely.  Did I let it ruin my day?  No.

New behavior. That’s a big ol’ miracle in my book.  🙂

And the season opener for So You Think You Can Dance was finally posted on Hulu today. I just discovered this show mid-season last year and I fell in love with little Lauren Froderman. I’m so excited to watch this season from the beginning!

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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1 comment

  1. Lisa LaPlante

    Self Forgiveness – what a BEAUTIFUL gift!

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