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How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:28 pm

So we're all human, we're not perfect. If you're religious, than its pretty well understood that we're not perfect and we make mistakes. So how do we learn from these mistakes? Is it enough to acknowledge that we did something wrong and say, "I won't do that again"? I personally think something more is needed as it can be all too easy, almost an excuse, to say that without any deep thought into what was done.

Also, is this tied into repentence? If you truly repent and feel remorse for what you did, does that help towards the learning process? How about repentance with God?
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RE: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:57 pm

Quoting Tbar220 (Thread starter):
So how do we learn from these mistakes?

My approach is to try to find out why I did it in the first place. Was I out for revenge? Was I doing it out of anger (i.e. "heat of the moment")? Or maybe my intentions were good, I just didn't really know what I was getting myself into.

Knowing why will help me find the behavior that led to my mistake in the first place. I will then be able to avoid doing it in the future, hopefully. Big grin

Quoting Tbar220 (Thread starter):
How about repentance with God?

Repentance involves telling God that A) you know what you did was wrong, B) you know why it was wrong, C) you truly fell sorry for your actions, and D) you need and ask for forgiveness. Personally, in addition to all that, I ask for the strenght and wisdom to avoid repeating my mistakes, as I have a tendancy to backslide. Your mileage may vary.
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RE: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:02 pm

Are we feeling a little guilty about something this morning?

Repair any damage you've done if you can.

Look into your own heart and honestly try to do better in the future.

Beating yourself up over a past poor decision does nothing to better yourself or Humanity in the long run.

If belief in an Almighty facilitates and re-inforces the above, then go forth and sin no more.

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RE: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:07 pm

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 2):

Beating yourself up over a past poor decision does nothing to better yourself or Humanity in the long run.

Yup, you said it.

Repentance is fine, it works and i try to do it whenever I suddenly find myself thinking "Dumbass, that was stupid" but I have met religious nuts who think that it means you can do bad stuff and shrug it off with a bit of repentance...I don't belive that at all, it's like treating the man upstairs as if he's stupid and you can pull the wool over his eyes..hmmmm, dangerous assumption to make!

If you stuffed up with out meaning to, or things got out of shape in the heat of the moment, don't go all droopy over it, you did your best.

BUT if you set out to be bad and suddenly you regret it, well maybe some form of atonement or repair work is needed to put it right.
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RE: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:41 pm

Quoting Tbar220 (Thread starter):
How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

I was raised in an Irish-Catholic family and we believe that God created purgatory just for us and the Polish. We're allowed a few F'ups.

Whenever the Irish make a mistake, we simply do one or all of the following:

1. Say we were drunk.
2. Blame it on the Wife
3. Blame it on the Queen.
4. Don't remember it
5. Kick someone's ass.
6. Become ill
7. Buy them a drink.

If NONE of the above works, there's always purgatory.

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RE: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?

Sat Jan 28, 2006 12:10 am

Recently, I remarked to both of my parents as to how much smarter they have gotten over the last 15-20 years.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Human nature, being what it is, seems to doom 99.9999% of the human race to learn things the hard way through trial and error. Why? I don't know. That's just the way it is.

But seriously.....I really could have saved myself a lot of mistakes and grief over the years.....

If only I had listened.

But no...I was young, dumb, and full of cum and determined to do things my way.

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