Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you made a mistake lately? How fascinating!

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I love blog-hopping and finding new on-line goodies to read.  Tonight, I bumped into this post on the style blog Unfancy, and I want to share an excerpt from it:

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite people: Benjamin Zander. If I could pick anyone in the world to adopt as a grandfather, it would be this guy. He’s the renown [sic] conductor of the Boston Philharmonic + a wildly innovative, out-of-the-box thinker. He says:

“I actively train my students that when they make a mistake, they are to lift their arms in the air, smile, and say, ‘How fascinating!’ It is only when we make mistakes that we can really begin to notice what needs attention.”

How fascinating!  Isn’t that lovely?  Isn’t that a lovely way to think about your own learning as you work your way toward a greater understanding of yourself and your world?

This is what I hope for you: that you can find jewels of learning in your own mistakes and that you can find grace to forgive others for their mistakes.

Happy weekend, friends.


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