Ides of March are Upon us
Well Spring hasn’t quite sprung in this neck of the woods, but I’m anticipating it will show its sunny face soon. Hopefully the expression, ‘March comes in like a lion goes out like a lamb’ will hold true to form.
The other expression that comes to mind is “beware the ides of March”, being the 15th day when Julius Caesar met his ill fated death which has cast an ominous shadow on that day ever since. The irony is that March 15th was considered the first day of spring in the Roman calendar. My rather twisted version is that Spurinna [soothsayer] was perhaps warning Caesar to beware a change in weather as opposed to ‘watch your back; Brutus doesn’t have it’. None-the-less the decision made by Caesar to leave his bedroom chamber on that day proved to be the death of him.
Unfortunately, Caesar didn’t have a chance to learn from his mistake, but most of us have an opportunity to turn a mistake around and take away something positive. I’m certain some may ask ‘how is that possible?’, but if we don’t learn from our mistakes what was the point in making them? [and we all do] One unacknowledged mistake only leads to another and another after that. If you have a slow leak in your car tire and fill it with air without repairing the leak you wake up to a flat tire every morning. If you make a mistake and don’t deal with it you may face deflating the morale and energy of those around you. Every mistake [with the exception of ones as drastic as poor Caesar] has a silver lining.
Children are probably more aware of this than adults. They make mistakes almost on a daily basis. Asked after the fact [and perhaps after a discussion with Mom or Dad] what did they learn from their mistake 90% of the time they have an answer. The truth of the matter being that a child is allowed the opportunity to make mistakes, when we become adults no one is quite as forgiving or understanding. Adults are expected to have learned from all the mistakes they made as a child and translate that into the present. If only it were that easy!
I often wonder, if we all understand [not lay blame] why the mistake occurred; help each other cooperatively [not begrudgingly] fix the mistake; work with each other [not put onus on just one] to avoid the mistake from recurring, would we end up with a better team, a better relationship, a better level of energy?
What do you think?
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