6 thoughts on “A quote by James Joyce

  1. Mistakes are the one good thing I’m at! I can definitely tell people what Not to do in their life, seeing as I’ve done so many things wrong.

    I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way, after trying to do things the same way and always getting the same results. When you live your life a certain way for so long, you don’t even realize that you’re doing things wrong, since no one ever really taught me the difference.

    The one character flaw that people have taken advantage of the most, has been my compassion since I’ve always been a sucker for a sob story and a pretty face. Now I have to really rein in my compassion so I don’t waste the rest of my life trying to help those who don’t want to help themselves!

    1. Thanks Randy. It would be like flogging a dead horse! It’s lovely to think we can help other people, but I don’t really see the point trying to help people who don’t want to help themselves.

      I think mistakes are good. It shows we’re trying; it also shows we’re learning, learning that we’ve made a mistake, that perhaps we need to try again. Try a different route. Without mistakes I’m not sure how we learn or grow.

      We achieve the most growth through mistakes, if we’re prepared to learn of course.

  2. I once saw a grown man openly cry, because he pushed his daughter to the brink of insanity by forcing her to achieve unrealistic levels of academic perfection. He made the mistake of not affording her the right to make mistakes. She probably felt like she was as good as her last move in every academic endeavor.

    The slice of peace I enjoy now came by way of mistakes, and I wouldn’t want to grow any other way.

    1. Thanks Tim. I agree. Your story is so sad to put such pressure like that on a child, at such a young age.

      Your response brings back a memory for me when my child had a spelling test in school and he got 99% and instead of his teacher congratulating him on the 99% he wanted to know whether he was annoyed because he missed out on the 1% mark. Not the best advice!

      We learn and grow through our mistakes, but we have to be allowed to make them. I believe they are part of life’s rich tapestry.

  3. A perfect quote. It is precisely our screw ups that make us who we are as we muddle our through and learn our life’s lessons.

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