A Song About Mistakes

I sent out the In Pursuit of Happiness Monthly Newsletter yesterday, and in doing so realized that the theme for February had inadvertently been connections. This morning, in the shower, I wondered what the theme for March might be.

St. Patrick’s Day… luck?

My brother’s birthday… my anniversary… forgiveness?

Yes, my anniversary makes me think of forgiveness, because my 11th, 12th and 13th years would not have been possible without an abundance of forgiveness. And the funny thing about being forgiven is that you also have to forgive, yourself mostly, in order to really let it heal you.

Anyway, this morning I was contemplating forgiveness, and then this afternoon I listened to this song that Patrick emailed me. “I heard this song and thought of your blog,” he’d said.

I have made mistakes, I continue to make them
the promises I’ve made, I continue to break them
and all the doubts I’ve faced, I continue to face them
but nothing is a waste if you learn from it

and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole

we have lived in fear, and our fear has betrayed us
but we will overcome the apathy that has made us
because we are not alone in the dark with our demons
and we have made mistakes
but we’ve learned from them

and the sun, it does not cause us to grow
it is the rain that will strengthen your soul
and it will make you whole

and oh my heart, how can I face you now?
when we both know how badly I have let you down
and I am afraid of all that I’ve built
fading away

(I Have Made Mistakes, by The Oh Hellos)

Yes, I have a feeling we’ll be talking a lot about forgiveness in March.

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  1. Forgiveness can be both the hardest and most beautiful thing all at the same time. The path is always painful, but when the forgiveness is appropriate (certain things in my book are unforgivable), if can strengthen two people like nothing else.
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