I felt like someone hit me in my stomach. Nervous, anxious, serious all rolled up into one giant ball of anxiety strung up so tight that the lightest of words would shatter my confidence revealing my fragile self. My palms were balmy. My forehead felt the bead of sweat starting to crystallize.
I had made a mistake.
Not a big one but who knows? It was unpredictable. I thought I was doing the right thing. A really good thing. Ethical, common sense type thing that didn’t harm a soul. But chaos got in the way and the outcome of my action had an unanticipated response. Who knew???!!!
Instead of being a positive, it became a negative. I felt bad about it. I didn’t sleep. Anxiety and stress started to creep up like a virus spreading it’s toxic mind altering mood, replacing my usual happy go lucky smile with a frown.
While it doesn’t really matter what the mistake was specifically, what matters more is the impact the mistake had on me. It stopped me in my tracks, unable to move forward with life.
This happened at work…a few weeks ago. But I did move forward…more quickly than in the past.. On my recent long flight to the West Coast (photo above of the plane getting ready to land in San Francisco), I realized that my recovery time after a mistake has been shorter and shorter as I learn to deal with uncertainty, unpredictability and the complex nature of life today. As I’m learning to embrace the chaos, I’m getting used to accepting the chaos that happens in life and learning to move forward regardless.
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