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Oops! May 19, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Mistakes do not define you.

Falling down is an accident.  Staying down is a choice.

Forget the mistakes.  Remember the lessons.

Better an “oops” than a “what if?”

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Kate Crimmins - May 19, 2021

I had a boss once who told me that if he didn’t need to reel me in once in a while, I wasn’t being aggressive enough. That’s all I needed to hear. An occasional “oops” but no “what ifs.”

nrhatch - May 19, 2021

Sounds like you found the right balance, Kate! Just stay steady on that ladder while you’re painting!

Kate Crimmins - May 19, 2021

Just found out the kitchen ceiling which I also planned to paint is another foot higher. Debating or should I say recalibrating…

nrhatch - May 19, 2021

Recalibrating makes sense!

2. Rivergirl - May 19, 2021

Why do I see USMC on that fallen creature’s leg…?

nrhatch - May 19, 2021

Broom-Hilda is an American newspaper comic strip created by cartoonist Russell Myers. … in the United States Marine Corps for two days and then discharged for unnecessary roughness (glimpses of her underpants reveal a USMC label).

Rivergirl - May 19, 2021


nrhatch - May 19, 2021

Glad you asked. I learned something new!

3. roughwighting - May 20, 2021

I try not to fall off a cliff, but when I’m trying hard at something I often fall. Fortunately so far I’ve been able to get back up each time. Great reminder here!

nrhatch - May 20, 2021

Fear of falling (or failing) at something holds people back from activities and events they might enjoy. When I decided to learn to play Bridge a few years back, I assumed that I would be making PLENTY of mistakes . . . but I didn’t let them bother me. I just kept at it until I became a decent Bridge player. Each mistake helped to solidify what I needed to know re strategy, opponents, etc. It all helped. But I avoid cliffs! LOL!

4. L. Marie - May 20, 2021

Amazing timing! I really needed this post, Nancy!

nrhatch - May 20, 2021

Go you!!!

5. Debra - May 20, 2021

Ii do agree! And I sure don’t want to be stuck in my mistakes. But I’d also love to have some of the memories completely erased. Some of the doozies can still make me wince. I’m sure I’m the only one remembering them, however, and that’s a gift. 🙂

nrhatch - May 20, 2021

You could try rewriting the doozies . . . to make them more palatable to you. Our memories are so fallible, we might as well tell tales that we want to hear. 😀

Debra - May 20, 2021

Not at all a bad idea! 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2021

It’s the writer in me . . . I often rewrite endings to movies and books to make them more to my taste. 😀

6. Val Boyko - May 21, 2021

😍Better an oops than a what if 😍

nrhatch - May 21, 2021

As kids, we knew this instinctively ~> go for the gusto!

7. Erica/Erika - May 21, 2021

Great point, Nancy. Not making mistakes often means not living life 😀

nrhatch - May 21, 2021

To living life!

8. mybeautfulthings - May 23, 2021

I like that! It reminds me of “Don’t ask for permission. Just apologise if necessary.” 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2021

Good strategy, Sally!

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