Have you ever made a mistake? Sure you have. We’ve all made more than our share of mistakes. It’s an inevitable part of life.
I’ve been giving mistakes a bit of thought over the last few days as I’ve worked on a video trailer for The Wrong Woman, my western historical about a fellow who sets off to get revenge on his greedy brother but instead gets a woman who changes his life. His plan was to steal his brother’s fiancee and hold her until he got what he was owed, but somehow he managed to steal the wrong woman.
Mistakes are forgivable. Some, of course, are easier to forgive than others.
Are there times, though, when we might be able to make changes in our lives and prevent a lot of needless mistakes from happening? I think so.
Much of the advice we get in life involves keeping on. We’re continually admonished to hang on, to keep going, to stay the course. But, what if that course is wrong? What if we’ve taken a wrong turn or have gotten ourselves stuck in a bad situation? What if we’ve truly come to a dead-end?
Although the virtues of patience and persistence are often touted, there’s little virtue in digging in and becoming entrenched in a bad situation. If the path you’re on now isn’t taking you anywhere — or, worse still, if it’s leading you into danger or discomfort, stop, turn around, and get your life back on the right track.
Willie Nelson offered this advice:
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
Nick Carter said:
One of the most important things I did to turn my life around was to realize and to accept that from this minute, that’s all we have. Everything that happened behind us, we cannot change so you might as well look to the future.
Whether it’s counting your blessings, letting go of the past, or making any other change in your life, the most important thing to remember is that it’s never too late.
No matter how far we’ve gone down the wrong road, we can always stop and turn around.