I have heard my father say it a lot of times. When asked why he's so successful, his response is 'Because I made a lot of mistakes'. But the thing is, that we have to learn from our mistakes. We make so many of them. I really have made so, so many mistakes in my life. But the good thing is I have learned how to avoid going down 'that' avenue again.
And boy, am I glad that I learned. And, yet the problem is, that I am avoiding the mistakes of the past, but I am trying to perfect my situation day in, and day out. And the funny thing is, I am still making mistakes. But, here it is again--I have a formula for recognizing what is a mistake, and then how not to repeat that mistake again.
I am finding that the purpose of living on planet Earth is to learn basic and fundamental truths before continuing on perhaps to another place, they call 'heaven' (Whether in this life or not). This is the school of hard knocks. Earth is the school of hard knocks.
So you might want to ask yourself, 'what are the mistakes that I have made in my life, and AM I Still Making them?'. I had a girlfriend once, that thought she was so cool, because she knew the definition of insanity. She said, 'the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results'. Hahaha . The funny thing was, that she was crazier than me. But yeah, doing the same thing over and over CAN drive a person nuts, and that is something to worry about, AND something to try to avoid. So take it from me. Try to realize whether or not you have control over your life, and if you don't have as much control over your life, as you would like, the chances are you are making bad decisions, and repeating them over and over again.
So try to stay sober, don't do drugs, try to be as somber and level-headed as possible. Some people stay drunk or high their entire lives, and they pay the price for that, because they don't have enough clarity to relalize, 'what are the mistakes I am making every day, every month, every year--over and over'. Yes. I always say, stay sober, and try to be as balanced and as clear-thinking as possible.
But back to mistakes. It IS THE purpose, it is the refinining process that we must all go through to attain perfection. The devil is in the details. But we can expell him if we understand them. OMG--did I just invoke the devil? Well.... try to understand as much as you can about why you feel pain. Try to understand why it is that you suffer. Try to understand why it is that you would feel any negativity at all, and then you have your starting point for trying to understand the greating things in your OWN life.
Mistakes. Learn from them. Don't repeat. OK?