I was talking to a friend early this morning. He had forgotten that he made a commitment to his coworker to meet earlier than normal, and the man had to wait for some time for my friend to show up. He wasn’t happy.
In life, things like this happen all the time. Sometimes, we’re the person who forgets. Sometimes, we’re the person left waiting. It’s these little things in life that seem to drag us down.
My friend was beating himself up over it, and that’s why he wanted to talk. Mistakes happen. The biggest challenge is what we learn from them. I reminded my friend that he has a cell phone with a calendar on it. He could have easily entered the info into the phone, then a nice little alarm would go off, gently reminding him that there was something to do.
I have had a cell phone for years now, but it’s only been in the last year that I’ve begun to use this feature. Let me tell you, it’s a great little tool I use just about every day to keep me on task.
We are living in a fast-paced world. Our minds are racing at a mile a minute, and just about all of us have several balls up in the air at any one time. I never thought of myself as a juggler, but, in many ways, that’s what I’ve become. I’m guessing it’s the same for you.
If we’re ever going to make this all work, we have to be more forgiving. First, with ourselves. Most of us tend to be pretty hard on ourselves. I know my friend was this morning. We also tend to be hard on the people around us, especially our co-workers, family and friends.
If we could lighten things up, and be the first to forgive, I think it would go a long way in making our lives a little more peaceful. Why not give it a try today? We could all use a little more peace, right?