I wasn’t planning to write. That is, until we missed our flight.
I guess that’s what happens when you confuse your departure time with your arrival time, and all eight of you miss your flight entirely.
I know. Brilliant.
I stand at the counter with the ticket agent there, and her six-year-old self saunters over to encourage me.
She runs her hand back and forth along my arm, as if to help me know everything’s going to be okay. And she says it with conviction, as if she’s the mama now.
“Mama, who makes mistakes?” her voice begging a unified response.
“Everybody!” we say together, like a song.
Her smile melts me. And it’s amazing how children can preach to you, using the very same words you’ve said to them countless times.
So we all sit. And we pause. With six hours to wait.
And maybe a mistake can become a gift, if we choose to see?
We eat burgers, and play cards.
Draw pictures, and play with stuffed animals.
And who knew airport seats and sweatshirts could become stuffed-animal houses?
And long waits could become so much fun?
The truth is, as well-intentioned as we often are, we all make mistakes.
We underestimate, over analyze, under plan, and fail. And no matter how hard we try, there’s always one time, some time, we miss the mark and get it all wrong. And when we do, we feel sucker-punched in the gut, regretful of our error, and disappointed in our ineptitude.
But it’s our response to our mistakes which determines the gift each mistake holds.
Failure is always a chance to begin again, as wrong places beg to be made right spaces.
A mistake can always become a gift if we choose to let go, give thanks, and start new. [Tweet that]
The question is:
Will we fail well?
Will we learn more?
Will we see the gift inside our mistake?
Because maybe giving thanks for our now, avoids the regrets of our then.
And giving thanks is the key to how a mistake becomes a gift . . . the one God intended for us all along.
How has a mistake or failure become a gift in your life?
What are you thankful for today?
Continuing on in the counting of 1,000 gifts and beyond with Ann, and her beautiful community.
And why not take the #Joy Dare and join us in counting gifts wherever you are??
IF : Gathering Austin
House chats & Hugs & Online friends
Moving worship, so moved
Notes in Moleskine
Sunshine over hills
Husband working hard
Cuddles and Hugs amidst fevers
Antibiotics and sleep