I recently posted a newsletter in which I made the mistake of stating " as 2016 draws to a close..." clearly a year ahead of myself. The good news was that it created a response swell which made me feel as good - people are reading my posts.. So to stay withing the theme of gratitude I realize in making mistakes we learn and we share and for that I am grateful. Several colleagues shared humorful insights and made me laugh at myself and feel my vunlerability in a gracious way.
To boot, this past Sunday at church service the topic was forgiveness and it was so well delivered it carried a message straight to my soul. Noteworthy, while the pastor gave numbers examples of people and offenses we may struggle to forgive he never mentioned forgiving oneself. Being the consultant, facilitator I am I almost raised my hand in the to be called upon to say, hey what about forgiving ourselves. Of course I caught myself and instead went up to the prayer alter to contemplate and pray for the greatest forgiveness of all- to forgive myself. Here again a learning from what I observed to be an ommission, a mistake.
So I how do you act when needing to forgive yourself, another, an error, a misgiving. I believe this is an important characteristic of leaders. I say it ranks highly within the emotional intelligence scale. If I cannot forgive how can I be resilient, or open, or inclusive, and so on and so on. Yes indeed, to err is human and to forgive is Divine. I invite you to read an earlier post on forgiveness.