I’m not perfect. If you know me personally you already know that! A few months ago I made a mistake. I apologized immediately, but I still felt bad about it.
I had a hard time letting it go. Should I apologize again? Have I done enough to make up for it? Was there anything else I could do or say? I’m pretty good at feeling guilty – thanks mom and dad for my Roman Catholic upbringing. I’m not a practicing Catholic anymore, but Roman Catholic guilt? That never leaves you.
And I might have stayed in this guilt abyss even longer had I not made a really bad shot while playing golf.
&!%$# – what a bad chip! And chipping is the best part of my game (it’s all relative) so I was extra mad at myself. But while I addressed my next shot I said to myself “Let it go, Patty – you know being upset about a bad shot just hurts your chances of making the next shot a good one, so let it go.” And I did.
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE! Wasn’t my mistake like a bad golf shot? A pretty bad one, yes, but it wasn’t a bad round, it wasn’t a bad life, it was a mistake. I want to be a better person, just like I want to be a better golfer. One good way of accomplishing that is to let go of one’s past bad shots (and mistakes) and concentrate on making the next one great.
Another life’s lesson learned on the golf course.