“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth.

Known as the ‘Sultan of Swat’, Babe Ruth, voted in 1999 by an ESPN poll as the third greatest US athlete of the century, had a batting average of .342 with 714 home runs.  An average of .342 means that Babe Ruth made a safe hit on 34.2% of his visits to the plate – statistically a very high average – the ninth best career batting average.  However this means that approximately 2 in 3 times at bat he did NOT hit the ball safely.

And such is life.  Hence the importance of forgiveness.  I am lucky to be surrounded by very forgiving people… my wife would head that list.  As a fallible human being, I’m proud to say I regularly make mistakes.

I remember long ago being told that if I’m succeeding at everything then I’m probably not pushing myself enough.

And so I push and push, sometimes pushing the envelope a little too far.  I like to take risks – in my life, with my relationships, and it’s interesting to see where that takes me.  Sometimes it results in wonderful idea-changing conversations.  As it turns out, in the past few days I said a few things that pushed buttons I didn’t know existed.  What started as a friendly conversation turned into something a little less friendly and soon enough I had pushed a little too far.

This is where forgiveness comes in.  Recognizing my own mistake I apologized and thankfully received forgiveness.  Without forgiveness we have just a cement floor to crash down onto.  Without forgiveness we live in a dark and scary world.  Without forgiveness we cry alone.

With forgiveness we can feel the true love of others.  Showing forgiveness takes courage, integrity and honour and it’s a gift you give not only to others but to yourself.  Through forgiveness you have the opportunity to lighten the baggage and move forward.

Forgiveness is very powerful.

If you recognize a mistake you’ve made it might be helpful to ask yourself:

  • What caused the failure – the situation, someone else or myself ?
  • What can I learn from this? 
  • What successes are contained in this failure?
  • How can I turn this into a success?
  • Am I grateful for this experience?
  • Who can help me with this issue?
  • Where do I go from here?

“We shall not cease from exploration.  And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot.

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