Some people seem to have the view that I think I’m always right. That’s not the case at all, I was wrong once, but that was back in the eighties.
In all seriousness though, I wrote in a previous post that for education to be truly successful it needs to be a positive experience. I then received an email from someone pointing out that this isn’t necessarily the case. “We learn from our mistakes and past errors don’t we?” she asked.
Well, annoyingly, I have to admit that she’s right. Some of the most important changes I’ve made in myself came about directly because of some of my biggest regrets. It isn’t the lesson that defines whether an experience is positive or negative, but the learning. You can never undo a negative past, but you can always build a positive future.
That’s exactly how I know I’ll never re-offend. It’s precisely why I’m determined to do the right thing, because it’s the right thing, regardless of who tries to stand in my way. And it’s absolutely why I’ll never hold my tongue again when I know I should be speaking my mind.
If any of those things make life harder for me, then so be it. It’s better than the alternative and, more than that, it would be worth it.