I never make the same mistake twice…

I made a mistake.

Shortly after I sent the email about Soul Food, I realized it had some grammatical errors.

How could this happen? I was both mad and mortified.

After multiple proofs and edits, it was labeled “perfect,” and I was running out of excuses as to why I was not publishing it.

If I’m honest, I was nervous and afraid to share such a personal message with you….so just before I was about to send, I made more changes.

It appears in my attempt to “perfect” what was already good enough, I exposed some bloopers.

At first, I was mad and mortified. Now I’m chuckling, thinking about the irony of it all.

In my attempt to “perfect” the message, I revealed more flaws. I unmasked more reasons for you to judge and criticize me.

But my mistakes also made space for us to connect.

By sending an imperfect email, I reminded you that I’m just another human, sharing words through a computer that I hope connects us.

The thing is, when I realized I made a misstep, I could’ve taken it as a sign to “shut this down” and not write anything else.

OR

Own my mistake. Let you know that I am human, and it probably won’t be the last blooper revealed.

But I can promise to keep showing up and share words to bring hope and inspire you to live better. And I hope you’ll continue to show up with me.

Because the truth is, we can’t afford to let our mistakes hold us back from sharing ourselves with others.

We got this!

P.S. If you recently revealed a blooper in your life, know it’s okay. Forgive yourself and accept bloopers are what make the human journey fascinating.

P.P.S. As my friend Niki told me once after I called her with another blooper,

“People are more forgiving than we give them credit for. It’s okay.”

The older I get, the more I believe this to be true. People are more forgiving than we give them credit for.

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