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SOUL ISSUES: Mistake Salad 


Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren


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. 

Likewise, our 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 wrong. 

Affirmation: I use every experience as a stepping stone to something greater. 

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