According to Cardinal John Henry Newman, “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” Hopefully, we grow not only in response to changing conditions but also in recognition of “mistakes” we have made in the past. Regrets of ways in which we may have hurt someone we love, or damaged our relationship with them, can be the most troubling. Recognizing such errors can be a big first step towards repair and showing your love.
What mistakes need recognition?
Screwing it up. Did you make a date without first checking your loved one’s plans and commitments? Did you double-book an evening needed for a quiet recovery? Did you put dish-washing soap instead of dishwasher detergent into the dishwasher machine? Did you invite someone to join a group that had a reason be to “closed”?
How can you address a mistake?
Why does recognizing mistakes show love?
What “mistake” did you make recently that you regret? How did you and your loved one deal with it? Did you find a way to repair the damage? Did you form any guidelines for dealing with similar situations in the future?
Copyright 2017 Roni Beth Tower
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