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One Huge Mistake, One Major Life Lesson

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“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”- Vincent van Gogh

As I sit to type this post on life lessons, I cant help but think about all the mistakes I made to come across these life lessons. Had it not been for my mistakes, I probably would never have learned what I know now. And if I dont allow myself the freedom to err, how will I be open to more life lessons?

Learning and growing is the most essential part about becoming human{e}. If there is no learning then we can make the same mistakes over and over again. The key is to grow from each experience, and come out stronger. Holding yourself responsible for your past mistakes isn’t the way to grow, its the way to be bogged down and its a way of not being able to forgive yourself. Thereby holding on to negative emotional possessions. Possessions which are like poison to your own emotional, psychological and spiritual growth.

In the school of life, I have come across so many wonderful people and have made my share of mistakes. But, I choose to focus and remember the lessons I learned from these people and these mistakes rather than pull myself down for making them. I have forgiven myself, but only cause I have been able to learn from each and every mistake.

Life Lessons that literally Saved me from a lot of future heartache:

Saved by Hope, Faith and Love:

I remember a time, when almost everything seemed to go wrong. I had lost hope in everything around me and most of all in myself too. I had begun to think I was a lost cause and there was literally no saving me. Sometimes major tragedies, or even minor issues can make us go into the hopeless shell. It was at this time, I became friends with a lovely girl. She had the smile that could light up the world and the gentleness that could literally soothe all your pain. As I got to know her, saw her live and accept daily life with the vigor and zest that only she could, I thought to myself~when a girl who is disabled(Extraordinarily able according to me) can live life with so much hope and happiness why cant I. She was born with polio and was stuck to a wheel chair for the rest of her life. But she could light up my world like no other. Hope was right there for the taking, hope in the future, hope for a better and happier me. I grabbed onto Hope and never let go. I am today a happy Hopeful Eternal Optimist :) And Yes, Losing Hope was one of my biggest mistakes.

Once my hope was restored, faith in my own abilities and the abilities of The Maker just came so naturally. I was able to see beauty again. I was able to feel again. I was able to love again. When I say love, I mean Love! The magical beautiful love, that we all are part of. Today I Love openly. If I feel love for someone, I express it. It has become so much a part of my being, that without it I don’t think I would be me.

Love is such a divine blessing that connects us all. I wish everyone would be open to the power of it and just flow with love. It heals, it soothes, it makes you stronger, it makes you happier, it makes you human{e}

One person, One experience, One encounter with the right person, made me hope and finally I was in time able to find myself. But, yes, I did make the huge mistake of losing hope thereby losing, faith and love too. I accept my mistake. I accept that it was wrong. But, I slowly opened up and learned from this mistake. One Huge mistake lead to one Major life lesson…and a series of blessings.

Isnt that what your life should be? A series of blessings….

So. rather than focusing on the mistake, focus on the lesson you learned from it. Who knows the chain reaction to one life lesson could be all you need to attain eternal peace and happiness.

Now its your turn- What life lessons have you learned in the school of life? We are all here to learn from each other. Share your life lessons int he comments below and lets all together attain peace and happiness.

With Immense Love and Gratitude,
~Zeenat~

Note: This article is part of the Life Lessons series, created by Abubakar Jamil.

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Author: Zeenat {PositiveProvocations.com}

Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer

34 thoughts on “One Huge Mistake, One Major Life Lesson

  1. Zeenat, how nice that you contributed to the life lesson series. Beautiful and very touching. I know about meeting people who are far less fortunate than us in health or wealth (although wealth is relative as we both know) and wondering “if they can be happy, why on earth can I not be?” Very well-written as always and so happy you are back from your absence. I missed ya!

    • HI Farnoosh,
      I am so glad to be part of this series. It is eye opening to be able to look at our past mistakes and grow into better individuals.
      Somehow in the grand scheme of things we forget the people who have touched our lives. The impact one small gesture can have on our life is amazing. Today, I dont even know where this lovely girl who made me hope is. But, I know i pray for her always.
      Missed you too..and it feels great to be back :)
      Much Love~

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  3. Zeenat,

    I am indebted to you for bringing out your best writing in this touching post and being a valuable part of the Life Lessons Series.

    Thank you so very much.

    Stumbled!

    • Salaams Abubaker,
      I am so thankful and happy to be part of such a wonderful and uplifting series. Its so wonderful to be able to learn from each other at such a deep level. And thanks you for the lovely compliments on the writing :)
      Thanks for the stumble. Appreciate your support.
      Love and duas~

  4. Yes Zeenat, you are right. Life should be (and actually is) a series of blessings. But for some strange reason, when bad things happen, human beings tend to focus much more strongly on the negative. They can’t see beyond it to the good and positive things in their lives.

    Psychology has studied this phenomenon and documented this tendency in people extensively. We have to really work at seeing the good and counting our blessing every day.

    Thank you for this touching post that reminds us all to make the effort to see beyond the bad things in our lives to the good uplifting things and people that are all around us.

    • HI BlogAngel,
      I’m glad you liked this post :)
      We do get so caught up in the nitty gritty of life that we forget to soak in the love and beauty that we are surrounded by in every moment.
      Thank you fro stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Much love~

  5. Hi Zeenat. Beautiful. Forgiveness is a wonderful gift. I’ve learnt not to be afraid. Bless you, Simon.

    • HI Simon,
      Not being afraid….wow, thats a lovely lesson..and one we need to be more aware of. Fear can literally pull us down when the going gets tough.
      Blessings to you too Simon. Thank you fro your lovely comment. :)

  6. This was lovely, Zeenat. Isn’t it wonderfully amazing how the biggest and best lessons are delivered to us by messengers we can’t fail to see? And the lessons stick, don’t they. Your lovely person was bound to a wheelchair; mine was a homeless man who befriended me in the lowest time of my life. His message was to happily embrace life as much as possible. Love to you, dear Z. xoxo

    • Hi Julie,
      You too!!! I tell you…these loving people come into our lives like angels from above…just to show us what we hadnt been able to see before.
      Embracing life….now thats a very valuable lesson! When you are accepting of all in your life, peace and calm truly prevail.
      Thank you for sharing your beautiful life lesson here.
      Much Love~

  7. Zeenat,
    That the focus of this is LOVE…I am not surprised. It’s the first word I think of when I think of you. So, I know you are living this today – love…from deep within your soul. It shines through so brightly…always. And in experiencing that LOVE here from you…it just makes LOVE so much easier for me to openly express.

    What a beautiful gift…and so glad you share LOVE so openly!

    Much love always, dear friend…

  8. Zeenat, It is so inspiring to hear how this one encounter triggered such a huge transformation for you. By sharing your story with all of us, we are are all encountering that bright little girl. How wonderful! All the best to you.

  9. Hi Zeenat .. we do experience so much through life – but it’s only when we realise that these are lessons that can be learned and not dwelled on in the depths of despair .. people can teach us so much .. disabled people, who have the same feelings we do -who transcend their troubles, parents who hang on in there to become role models for us, leaders who inspire us .. we don’t need to look back, we need to be here ‘now’ and live life to the full. Think from the past as a positive .. and utilise those thoughts to benefit ourselves and others in the future ..

    Thank you .. one huge mistake can be the making for the future .. have a great week .. Hilary

    • HI Hilary,
      You so beautifully mentioned about all the people who influence us for the positive. And yes, it is important for us to look at the positives of what they teach us …take that lesson and apply it in our life.
      Living int he now, with all the positive lessons learnt…wow..that the way to live :)
      Thank you fro sharing your beautiful thoughts here Hilary :)
      Much love~

  10. Zeenat,

    This is so inspiring post, many times I too have learned something from others and saw beauty of life and joy of life that was missing in my life. I am glad there are many people are out there to inspire us, and this whole series has been wonderful to learn from. Thank you.

  11. I know a man who has no hands, but he is very funny, I might say, joyful. Your story about the girl reminded me of that man. I have not seen him for a long time, I hope he is the same as before…

    A beautiful story in this post, Zeenat… one mistake in life helped me to grow more than all the achievements together…

    I learned a lot from the mistakes… the first time when I shave was very bloody mistake :) , for the first time I rode a bicycle was a big mistake, for the first time I read and walk was a mistake, but without that, today I would not be what I am now.

    • HI Marko,
      You say it so well….all our first steps are usually wobbly and do end up becoming mistakes…but ones we in the long run learn from.
      I like to call people who look disable “very highly able”…cause somehow God gives them a certain sixth sense and a sensitivity and warmth you can not find normally.
      Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts here :)

  12. Hi Zeenat,

    You asked, “What life lessons have you learned in the school of life?”. How much time do you have? :) As far back as I can remember I learned from the “school of hard knocks”. What we experience makes us the person we are today, and when I look back, I’d do it all again the same way.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I’m with you. Love is the answer.

    Have a great day, my friend. :)

    • Hi Barbara,
      You and me both….I would do it all again in a heartbeat :) I guess we are all rough around the edges…these mistakes and the lessons learned smooth our edges and help us shine even brighter.
      Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here Barbara..and its so great to see you here :)
      Much love~

  13. Z.
    I wish all people were open to love as well. Mean while I’ll just keep loving them;) Thanks for sharing this heartfelt story. I’m learning as fast as I can!

  14. i strongly agree zeenat, sometimes things have to go wrong in order for a person to discover a better way of doing things, very nice post:)

  15. Beautiful post and shared in on my FB Wall. :) It’s a message to be heard by others, really. A mistake is a lesson learned in life — funny how we only discovered it later when all the grief, sadness and anger were gone. Each life lesson means something, it’s part of our growth and hopefully make us a better person too.

    @wchingya
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    • HI Ching,
      I know what you mean…while we are int he situation we dont really think about what we are gonna learn from it..but in retrospect…each and every situation is a learning experience.
      Thank you so so much for sharing this post on your FB wall. I appreciate your support!
      Much Love~

  16. Hi Zeenat

    Is that the case so many times…. when we are happy and all is well, we are on top of the world. And sometimes, the smallest perhaps and least significant event can bring us down a spiral of negative emotions.

    I love learning from the opportunities life gives. And what I have found too, is the more consciously we apply ourselves to every situation, the faster we can grab the lesson and avoid the unpleasant feelings that could follow.

    And I also have seen, never personally met some incredible, incredible people that despite some “disability” they shine love and light so brightly that they remind the rest of us what a precious gift each moment of life is.

  17. Hi Zeenat, sometimes it’s hard to leave a comment because there’s really nothing to add. It’s moving and I should just reflect on it. You know I’m learning that there are some mistakes I keep making over and over again. Sometimes I give up hope too. But I carry on doing my best regardless, that’s all I can do:) Thank you!

  18. great article.!

  19. zeenat i came across this article..while trying to get over a bad phase ! M swati I got disabled 10yrs back m 21 now..i use a wheelchair..i was always +ve..enjoyn whateva life gave me..i stoppd my studies i Was a bit embarassd abt studyn at home while odrs study at skul..it seemd ryt at d tym i was a kid..but nw tht m searchn 4 ma identity..i realisd i ruined ma life

    • Hi Swatcat,
      I’m honored that you need my advice. Please email me at zeenat.syal@gmail.com or zeenatsyal@live.com so that we can discuss your problems in detail. I would love to help you.
      And you never need to feel embarrassed about doing things you love. Be it studies or anything else. Knowledge is for our taking at any age….and think of this realization, that you want to study as a big positive step in the right direction. In the direction of you making a future for yourself…in finding your self.
      Email me in detail ok. I’ll wait.
      Much Love~

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