Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth—Richelle E. Goodrich

I don’t know about you, but I hate making mistakes – not mistakes like a typo, or burning something I’ve baked. (In my life, that’s pretty much a daily occurrence!) The mistakes that are really hard are the ones that impact our relationships with others – the ones that can make us feel guilty and embarrassed.

As difficult as those experiences can be, I have come to realize that these blips in our lives can serve as valuable lessons. It is important to learn from the mistakes we’ve made, and important to strive to be the best person we can be. So when we let ourselves down, feeling just a little bit of guilt, without having it last too long, can prevent us from repeating those same mistakes.

So how do we learn to feel guilty for just long enough to then be able to move on in a positive way? Be positive! I have come to realize that it is far more productive to think about what we hope to achieve, and work toward that, rather than dwell on our failures. The bottom line is – it’s not always easy being human, but it is important to be kind to ourselves and others in acknowledging our shared humanity.

Here’s to new beginnings, positive lessons, and a happy and healthy Spring.