The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
We make a mistake, we have to go out and make amends. If we did something wrong, and we apologized and made a commitment never to do it again, it’s time not to keep beating ourselves up. We can’t let mistakes trigger our shame. We did wrong but we, ourselves, are not wrong.
We’re all in Life 101. Every day, we’re beginners. Each semester, we can learn from the past and try to do better. But we’re going to keep making mistakes. That’s part of being human and being alive.
How well do we recover from our mistakes? That’s what the learning is. That’s where the spiritual lessons are garnered.
To be a hero of our lives, we have to remember: No pain, no gain.
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.