Eng. 101 9
16 September 2012
Success out of your Mistakes
“Stop, you do realize that this is only human nature.” Why do you insist on beating yourself up when you have made a mistake? Do you believe that it is possible to make success out of ones mistakes? We beat ourselves up simply because we lack emotional intelligence and certain areas of maturity in our lives. According to Alexander Pope, John C. Maxwell, and Al Franken, realistically, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successful actions.
Kindergarten, every child’s greatest childhood memory at hand: recess, naptime, and snack time, how could we not remember? Well not for me, I will never forget the day my friend Brittany took a piece of gum from Mrs. Domini’s cherry oak desk. It was the end of the day no one was around but us two, Mrs. Domini had stepped next door to speak with Mrs. Whitehead. I see Brittany get up and swiftly walk to Mrs. Domini desk while watching her back continuously being sure not to lose sight of the door, she quietly removes the top off of the glass candy jar, and takes a piece of gum. The next day Mrs. Domini did not allow us to go to recess with the other children. She asks the class, “Who took a piece of gum out of my glass jar?’ I immediately began to tremble vigorously knowing what I had seen the day before; as I began to lift my hand and inform Mrs. Domini what happened Brittany raises her hand and points directly at me. Mrs. Domini calls me in the hallway with a tone of voice I have never heard her use before, I immediately begin to cry. She asks, “Did you take the gum out of my glass jar?” I nod yes with my hands shaking, my heart pumping blood more than usual, and tears flowing like the Grand Rapids from my eyes. Why did I just take the blame of something that I know I did not do? I allowed my pride to get in the way of me telling Mrs. Domini the truth. How could I have made such a ignorant mistake, now I had to accept my...