Often we don't conceive the depth of the meaning of having freedom. It's something everyone wants for themselves when it comes to most everything but is often something we try to take away in others sometimes. To me, the ability to have freedom also comes with the responsibility of allowing those same rights to others, even if we don't agree with how they're using that right.
That being said, we should definitely allow ourselves and others the freedom to make mistakes. True, our decisions do come with consequences and we should be willing to accept those as well. Making mistakes is definitely something that all of us will do along our journeys in life. It is a very necessary part of the process for our learning and growth. We've made mistakes along the way since birth and will do so until our dying day. Sometimes the mistake is something we know is wrong but chose to do so anyway. Those can even be necessary along our journey in teaching us certain things. Sometimes we're just doing the best we can and yet still do something wrong. It is at these times we can search for a better way to accomplish our goal. And let's face it, mistakes are definitely part of the process when we're learning something new. There isn't anything that anyone has ever done perfectly every single time. It's part of our practice process.
So remember this when you or someone else makes a mistake. Have the ability to look at these as part of the process and learn to be understanding with yourself and others when they occur. This is not to say that if they continue to do something harmful or hurtful to you to put up with it because then it is a behavior they're choosing and not a mistake. We do need to keep healthy boundaries for ourselves along the journey. But there is no need to judge, condemn, chastise, or blame others for doing something that is truly very necessary and normal. Something that we ourselves do and desire others to forgive as well. So forgive yourself and others when they occur and more forward more positively.
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