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Mistakes Take

Updated on November 23, 2014

This is a comment made into a Hub for: Write Right; Right!

“Blessed is he who has a career that matches his passion”

(George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950)

I understand there are rules to follow which ought to take you to act freely not to limit as straitjackets. Living is a continual learning in which the process ends with death here on earth. “Mistakes” take you to a place… a place of own experience where you feel happiness, peace and fulfillment. Severity in trying to educate or to live could lead any person to quit. Teaching is one of the few professions that permit love (Theodore Roethke), and we all teach in this life one way or the other. I learned that God gave us life to live it trying to get to a spiritual perfection.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1996) has been attributed the poem:"Instants". It is a deep, simple poem. I will share the verses that made me cry when I first read it and made it in my ways: "If I could live again my life, In the next I'll try, to make more mistakes, I won't try to be so perfect'... The author than mentions things he would do and finalizes saying: "If I have the life to live, but now I am 85 and I know I am dying."

Do you know what life is for you?

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What Is Life?

What is life without mistakes? Maria Teresa of Calcutta left us her wisdom in:

Life is

Life is an opportunity, use it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, make it real.

Life is a challenge, confront it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is precious, care for it.

Life is riches, conserve it.

...Life is love, enjoy it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it."

Mistakes Vs. Perfection

It is said that, “Time is gold; leisure and laziness are the parents of vice and inventory”; therefore a person shouldn’t be cut from what they are trying to do. We, the people are different from robots, even when multiple intelligences mark us. Many of us find ourselves versatile with “likes” or abilities that perhaps we, just fly like butterflies jumping from one flower to the other, makes us happy and fulfilled. The world is big enough to let us gaze around and explore. “LIVE” freely with “mistakes”.

Special Education’s list is filled with students which are not given the opportunity to have their “mistakes” take them to the place of experiencing the path which will make them “perfect”… perfect??? Who is really that “perfect” person? Or who is to say, name, rule, dictate “perfection” or “mistakes”?

The Spanish teacher of the junior high school where I worked is an excellent person, coworker, friend and sister in Christ. Her name is Edna Rodriguez; she finished her doctor degree in literature. Sharing her experience, she numbered all the steps to get her thesis published. It is good to have others find “mistakes” but they will also expect “perfection”. Many times people blow away imagination from others with their own expectations.

Mistakes Take...

Who made rules if not a person same as us? Once, I was finishing my plans for the school year and I found out that a document of new rules arrived so I had to start all over again. Rules made in grammar changes, and what made a writing be “perfect” oopss!! Just because of someone’s idea it will be a “mistake”… do you get it? How not to make mistakes? When irregular verbs lead misspelling, final y is usually changed to i with exceptions, and forming plural will not only be added s to the singular, but by adding es . How about when full is added to a word and the second l has to be dropped?

I love art, writing, teaching and so many other things in which I have encountered someone’s discouraging words; but even when they got their way and I let them handicap my “talent”, I am still with my boots on trying the best with my rules which “mistakes” have taken and will keep taking me.

There is a list of talented people which their abilities would have been screwed if they would have followed words of “perfection” expectations. Example of this: Robert Frost, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, John Grisham, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein, Kenny G, etc.

Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori

Special Thanks

Special thanks to:

Maria Montessori, who had the vision of true education and my teaching strategies are based on her legacy..

Jesus Christ, our model teacher, that said in Luke 9: 48:...and said to them, "whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great."

Froggie213, for reading my Hubs and helping with mistakes that have taken me to be more carefull.


Mistakes take you to discover, analyze, reflect, and find your own path in existence to live life in fulfillment. Grab the basic rules of things and live your life. Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


© 2011 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      proudmamma, thanks, I am also reading yours.

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      8 years ago from Parkersburg

      It's the life lessons one learns from mistakes. It teaches one how to deal with situations. I would interpret it as similar to the phrase...........what does not kill one, will make you stronger.

      Love your hubs...I'm continuing to read more.

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      Betty Ruiz 

      8 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      Well, there you have it! Now I made a mistake interpreting your 'comment made into a Hub for: Write Right; Right!' as a counterstrike or reply. It just seemed so to me... but, you say it isn't, soooo... my bad! There... I apologized!

      Excuse my misinterpretation, Froggie213 and Lastheart aka Kiddo!

      Oh, that was a MISTAKE, TAKE-n cared of.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I apologize to my love Froggie213, since this Hub was never meant to be taken as a counterstrike. It is a Hub that as a comment would have been too long for:

      As a Special Education teacher I have seen so many injustices by comparing others; some are small others short, some are smart others less smart, some are tuff others weak...We are part of a body doing what it is needed to lift up the world God created for us human to live in peace, love and acceptances.

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      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      Making mistakes is part of life, just like doesn't matter if we like it or not, it is the only way we learn...small mistakes we encounter help us to avoid big dangerous mistakes later in life...thank you for a great hub on this matter:)

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      Betty Ruiz 

      8 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      Nobody likes making mistakes. But, unless you want to go through life as a complete recluse, you are guaranteed to make one every now and then. You must also realize that mistakes are an essential part of self improvement. Don’t be overwhelmed with guilt and regret, analyze how you can learn from them.

      Apologize with Dignity ~ If you’ve made mistakes that harm other people, it is important to offer a dignified apology. Be clear that it was an unfortunate incident that will not be repeated. A good apology can go along way to restoring trust.

      Don’t be a Perfectionist ~ If you go through life afraid to make a mistake, you’ll spend most of your life doing absolutely nothing. There is no harm in making mistakes, it is an essential part of going forward. The more responsibility you take on, the more likely you will make mistakes. If you feel the need to avoid mistakes at all costs, it becomes a psychological barrier to taking risks. If you make a mistake, don’t retreat into a shell.

      Don’t Waste Time Trying to Justify Mistakes ~ Unfortunately, it is our natural instinct to try to justify our actions. When you make a mistake, the initial reaction is to blame someone else. We justify mistakes for the sake of our ego. Sometimes it is best to say, very simply — yes, I made a mistake.

      Understand Why The Mistake Occurred ~ Mistakes occur for various reasons. To avoid repeating them, you need to understand the underlying reason.

      Mistakes are Opportunities to Learn ~ From your own mistakes you can gain wisdom and accelerate self-improvement. Mistakes, because of their relationship with risk taking, are essential to success. The important thing is to view mistakes as a useful stepping stone to a higher reality and better outlook on life.

      (And, to me, the most important of all...)

      Avoid Repeating Mistakes ~ You should avoid feeling guilty about making mistakes, but at the same time, you should make a resolution to learn from them. If you repeat the same mistakes, it shows you aren’t making progress and causes repeated suffering. Often mistakes are caused by bad habits. To avoid making the same mistakes you need to break these bad habits. This requires careful consideration and sustained effort to change your way of thinking. However, the sooner you change your habits, the sooner you will avoid making the same mistakes.

      Then again... "A writer writes", independently of mistakes and errors, just like a painter paints... a dancer dances... a singer sings... and so on.

      Good counterstrike hub, sis!

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      8 years ago

      Mistakes open a new door for opportunities, just like to win in life one must lose first.

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      8 years ago from USA

      I love this form of expression. The "writer" must write what he must say and the words will flow effortlessly. There is no right or wrong in full expression. I have often said, I would not have been humbled or forced to admit my own lies had I not been seduced by the mistakes of my past. However, my mistakes do not define me.

      Check out my hubs and you'll relate:)

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      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      You do very well considering that English is your second language. I know many that English is their 1st language and they have so many problems.

      Great hub again my dear.

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      8 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      It is my experience that the harshest 'mistakes' bring us the lessons we need during our life's travels, sometimes at what appears to be a very high price.

      My life is a daring adventure.

      Good words. Thank you.


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