"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927
"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." ~John Powell
Then I started getting advice from people I admired, trust and looked to; because I didn't want to make more mistakes; especially in my personal relationships.
Most of the advice and insight was very good for me because it focused on the truth about both myself and the people around me. Helping me to become strong enough to reject negative influences and to set higher standards for the people I now allow in my life.
The downside to having insight is that knowledge changes things... both positive and negatively. What I mean is that somethings we shouldn't know because it changes our actions, reactions and the direction we take in our lives. Knowledge effects our choices both good and bad.
I've recently learned that even with insight, understanding and knowledge; that I still make mistakes. We all do. However it's how we accept our mistakes; learn from them and become a better person from being honest with ourselves... that matters most in our journey through life.
"A man should never be ashamed to own when he has been in the wrong, which is but saying ... that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." ~Alexander Pope, in Swift, Miscellanies