“Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.” – Franklin Jones
So who really wants to repeat life’s mistakes over and over again? Few of us! To recognize a mistake we’ve made in the past is only helpful if we choose to be good students at learning from experiences.
Given events of the past, current situation, and plans for the future, people would do well to ask, “What is the wise thing to do?” At what point do individuals recognize significant and repetitive mistakes … before, during or after the mistaken action?
How often do we make similar mistakes. Was the mistake memorable enough to serve as a caution? Were the consequences from the last mistake so great that the person vows never to make that mistake again?
Stay alert, recognize the potential hazards, allow the same major mistake only once and learn from your mistake. Another option is to notice and learn from the mistakes of others. Your other choice is simply to allow your personal mistake history to repeat itself and accept the negative consequences.
However, life can get complicated enough without repeating poor decision making. Life doesn’t have to become more complex and difficult. Experience is the best teacher if we seek to become the best students. Why not stay alert and enjoy a life driven by wisdom and faith.