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Updated on August 6, 2013

Don't Stop, Mac Fleetwood

If I stand back...

scrutinize my own history

and have the choice

to remove every mistake,

wipe out every willful fault,

forget about weaknesses exposed,

clear the slate of harsh words,

rub out ‘taken for granted’

and mop out all the times

I did not stand for my truth...

I will not change a thing!

Mistakes were my teachers

I’ve learnt well,

and in my humanity

tried not to repeat them.

I am gentle with myself now

because they will appear

on my path again

to teach more lessons.

Willful faults have dwindled now.

You see I’ve realized

that I do have a choice;

to bring healing or hurting -

and now I know

which choice brings happiness.

The shame of what I thought

to be weaknesses

no longer lingers,

for whom I am now,

through acceptance...

carries no shame.

Every harsh word I have spoken

I have forgiven myself for

and asked forgiveness,

for it brought tenderness and understanding

to my heart.

I never take life for granted.

2011 Moira G. Gallaga©


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    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comment ShonEjai, much appreciated.

    • ShonEjai profile image


      7 years ago from California

      very true words. a good reminder for us all. thank you.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your words of wisdom ahorseback, I totally agree with you.

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      7 years ago

      Moira , The biggest critic of a decent human being is self ! We definately have to be gentle in our own trials. Peace and serenity!....:-}

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      lyndre, a famous song indeed and a timeless one too. Living a life with few regrets is something we should all aspire for.

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      That is a very nice proverb ronhi, very appropriate for the subject matter. Thank you for dropping by and for your comment.

    • lyndre profile image


      7 years ago from Scotland

      In the words of the famous song.

      Regrets I have a few

      But then again too few to mention.

    • ronhi profile image


      7 years ago from Kenya

      There is a swahili proverb that goes "kosa si kosa, kosa ni kurudia kosa" (a mistake is not a mistake- unless you repeat it). Like you said, mistakes should be our teaches. I enjoyed reading your poem. Voted up,useful and interesting

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you cre8ivOne (love your username by the way), your compliment inspires me. I am not as confident with my poetry as I am with my article or essay writing so your comment is much appreciated.

    • cre8ivOne profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      This is a beautiful poem! I love your idea that we have a choice to choose what brings happiness. Such a profound poem. : )

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you everyone for all your encouraging and kind words. I think this is a facet of our lives that we all share in common, we all commit mistakes at one time or another and we just have to learn how to get on with our lives and be a better person as a result.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Incredibly awesome, absolutely fantastic. An inspiring piece. I love this line 'mistakes were my teachers'

    • PhoenixV profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Some very wise words, thanks! Voted up!

    • jfay2011 profile image


      7 years ago

      thankyou. good hub to make us feel that we can forgive ourselves for the things we have done wrong. We all learn from our lessons and mistakes. And most of us don't do it again.

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile image


      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      This actually helps me out in some ares so I thank you for sharing this.


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