Day 2508: Celebrating mistakes

Yesterday, rather than hiding and denying mistakes (like others seem to do), I celebrated my mistakes by owning them, sharing them with others, and learning from them. One of my co-workers — who feels some worry and shame about their mistakes because of inexperience — texted me “You are a gift that keeps giving!” when I shared another mistake I had made.

Unless I am mistaken, I believe you might find some mistakes in some of my photos from yesterday.

Personally, I think it is a mistake to play hide and seek alone.

Let’s celebrate the late Ginger Baker with this video on YouTube (which may include mistakes):

Because I’m creating this post on my iPhone it may include my mistakes fusion mom. Ooops! Let me try that again. Because I’m creating this post on my iPhone, it may include more mistakes than usual.

Ending with gratitude is never a mistake, so thanks to all who helped me create today’s blog and — of course! — thanks to you.

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25 thoughts on “Day 2508: Celebrating mistakes

  1. I am always learning, and mistakes are my teachers

  2. Mistakes are among the best teachers!

  3. I once mistakenly referred to Deep Purple as “Deep Violet”. The friend I said that to asked if they’d changed their name and I tried to cover my mistake by saying, “It was when they got together with Cream.”
    That’s probably a story that’s only funny to those who were there, making it a mistake to share it, but I think it’s a good illustration of how a mistake can lead to success, or at least laughter.

    • You’re mistaken when you say “That’s probably a story that’s only funny to those who were there,” Chris. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  4. I think it may be a msitake not to bash a couple of picture hooks in the wall! See what I did there?

  5. puella33

    I noticed a spelling mistake in that post advertising ” Mr Baker…. stairway to Heaven” , But that’s trivial I suppose. Some mistakes are not, obviously. Have a nice day

  6. Alan Malizia

    Ann, Your post calls to mind the great wet-om-wet painter/artist Bob Ross. He always said: ‘We never make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.” He would then slash his brush across his near complete painting and then from that mistake create and complete his painting without there ever being detected the error that once so prominently stood out.
    -Alan

  7. Mistakes happen as long as we learn from them, making the same mistake over and over sucks

    • Maureen

      Will you re-centre the painting in the frame? Or let it be a conversation piece? Does that hallway go anywhere? (Hope it is okay to ask)

    • Mistakes happen and it’s always okay to say what you want to say.

  8. That painting is going to look good in the stairs, I think. But it looks like maybe you haven’t decided where on the wall to put it…It’s good to hear Ginger Baker drumming again.

    • We’re probably going to put that painting back up on the wall where it was before it fell down, which is in the big room at the top of the stairs. Your comments always look good to me, Lisa.

  9. Maureen

    I have never seen picture-hanging thingies like that.

    • I have a link to those thingies in my post from the day before and here it is again:

      https://www.command.com/3M/en_US/command/how-to-use/picture-hanging-strips/

      Those picture-hanging strips kept that picture up on the wall for over a year. Unexpectedly, two of the backings attached to the back of the picture came off — that’s why the picture fell off the wall. We haven’t decided how we are going to rehang the picture, but I removed those thingies from the wall last night. That’s one of the good things about them — they come off without damaging the wall at all.

      And the painting was hanging on the wall of the big living/dining room at the top of the stairs.

    • And, to answer your other question, above, I’ll probably recenter the picture with or without help.

    • Or, I’ll be inspired by your example and let the painting sit on the floor where it is.

  10. I’m so glad you “remembered” Ginger Baker in your post. And celebrating mistakes? I’m pretty good at that, I think. I make enough of them to have had practice acknowledging them and it always feels better just to ‘fess up! 🙂

  11. Forgive missteaks! God does! I created “Faith Grows” (yesterday’s blog) on my iPhone. Yes, it’s hard to catch your “missteaks” there. I visited it this morning and realized “celebrate” is spelled wrong. Can’t seem to edit it from my iPhone either! Gotta wait til I open it on my computer. S’pose my readers will forgive me?

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