Life is full of problems. We face unexpected obstacles. We make mistakes. We make poor decisions.
When we face one of life’s problems, it doesn’t help to say, “I wish it had never happened!”It did happen, and wishing won’t change anything. Instead, think of the proverb, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.”
If you spill some milk on the table, the only thing you can do is clean it up, and continue your meal. It’s the same with the problems of life. We can’t change the past, but we can do our best to face the problems of today, and keep going.
I thought of this proverb when I saw the amazing slow-motion video, “Breakfast Interrupted,” in which a breakfast feast is tossed up into the air. A lot of milk is spilled – literally – along with pancakes, eggs, bacon, strawberries, and orange juice! “Breakfast Interrupted” makes spilled milk look beautiful!
If you are learning a new language, you will make mistakes. If you are adjusting to a new culture at the same time, you will make mistakes all day long, every day! Sometimes mistakes are funny, but sometimes they’re deeply embarrassing. Every mistake is a beautiful opportunity to learn and grow. The bigger the mistake, the bigger the opportunity! So don’t cry over spilled milk!
[milk photo: Alecsandro Andrade de Melo]
What have you learned from mistakes?