Yesterday I was the proud recipient of a Fender acoustic guitar. A friend of mine who was no longer interested in playing gave it to me! I’m pretty excited, and so were my children. We played it for a long time and had a blast making a lot of noise. After a while my two kids went to take a bath, and I was finally alone with my new guitar. When their bath was over my cute baby girl came strutting through the living room without a stitching of clothes on to hear her daddy play. Mia is 22 months old so she is not quite ready for potty training, and as I was playing she peed on the floor, and I didn’t know it.
She admired my playing, and a did a little dancing, and then the unthinkable happened. She turned to walk towards her mother, and she slipped…on her pee! Her feet slipped out from under her and she landed right on her back. The tears fell.
At the time we had no clue why she fell, and then my wife said she peed on the floor and slipped on it. My guitar playing has never had that affect on women, so you could imagine the shock on my face. We felt so bad for her, but we made her clean up her mess. Nah, just kidding. I cleaned it up.
After Mia and the floor got cleaned up, my wife shared with me that this is one of the ways kids learn to use the potty. They have an accident, and then they learn from it. That was kind of a eureka moment for me!
You may not be slipping on your pee, but chances are you are going to slip on something sooner or later. I don’t care how slick you are…your pee is waiting for you. The big question is what are you going to do when you slip?
Mistakes and failures are inevitable…we are all going to have them. The mistakes we make in life can be some of our greatest teachers, if we let them be.
Napoleon Hill said, “every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” That benefit is the ability to learn so you don’t make the same mistake twice. We would all think its weird if my daughter kept going to the bathroom on herself, but as she matures and grows she will no longer relive those same mistakes.
Maturity is the ability to learn from your mistakes and rise above them.