SOUL ISSUES: Mistake Salad
By Reverend Liz
When I go home to
visit with my family for Thanksgiving, my sister serves the traditional “Mistake salad.” The dish was born many
years ago when my mother was using a cookbook to prepare a salad. In the process, my mother accidentally
included half the salad ingredients from a recipe on the left page of the open cookbook, and half the
ingredients from a different salad recipe on the opposite page. Everyone enjoyed the salad so much that my
mother continued to serve it for many years and became part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. So it was
really no mistake at all.
apparent mistakes may not really be mistakes. There are two levels at which mistakes serve in an unseen way: 1
they might be leading to a success even more significant than what our course is currently
headed toward. 2 a material foul-up or setback may give us the impetus to make life changes that benefit us far
more profoundly than if had we had not made an error.
Everything is a part
of something bigger, and mistakes are no exception. Every minus is half of a plus, waiting for a stroke of
vertical awareness. In his book illusions, Richard Bach explains that every problem comes to us with a gift in
its hands. When we focus only on what went wrong, we may miss the gift. If we are willing to look deeper and ask
for the insight, the problem dissipates, and we are left only with the learning, and are able to more advance on
our paths of spiritual awareness.
The next time you
make a mistake, do not berate yourself. Instead, look for some opportunity in it. Since everything is what we
make of it, we can create successes by focusing on what has gone right when it seems to have gone
Affirmation: I use every experience as a stepping
stone to something greater.