“I was wrong.” For some those are the hardest three words to say, but why? I strongly believe admitting when you are wrong is essential to personal growth. It is also a marker of ones self awareness. No one person is always right. That is human; and it is okay. The problem only arises when we realize the wrong and cling tight to it despite knowing. We have all said the wrong thing or made the wrong decision be it intentional or not.
Pride can be a double edged sword. Remembering that helps. I admit that I continue to be a work in progress. I believe I have made improvements. The people closest to me though may say different. I am trying to take the time to step out of situations and see them from different angles. I know I push self care and perseverance. At the same time self care should not push consideration for others out the door. There is a balance.
It is a process as is everything. Changes generally are not made overnight. It doesn’t happen that quickly; however the decision to improve can be made in an instant. It is not a straight path. At times you will fall short. I have. What is most important is admitting it and moving forward. I was wrong. I will likely be wrong again. When I am, I will acknowledge my wrong, acknowledge people that may have been affected, and move forward in growth. This may require examining the entire situation. In other instances it may be necessary to leave the whole incident in the past. Knowing the difference is another topic entirely.
No matter how independent you may be it is important to not rely solely upon your own understanding. Seek out a reliable “mirror.” I use mirror to describe any reflection of myself or in this case yourself. You may see yourself from another point of view by using your “mirror.” This could be a close friend, a relative, a spiritual guide, etc. For me it is typically my partner or prayers answered in other forms. Just be willing to see yourself as others see you. Be willing to see when it is necessary to say those three words. Try not to say them begrudgingly but out of a place of sincerity and grow.