Since we’re human beings, we make mistakes.
We cause others to suffer.
We hurt our loved ones, and we feel regret.
But without making mistakes, there is no way to learn.
If you can learn from your mistakes, then you have already transformed garbage into flowers.
Very often, our mistakes come from our unskillfulness, and not because we want to harm one another.
I think of our behavior in terms of being more or less skillful rather than in terms of good and bad.
If you are skillful, you can avoid making yourself suffer and the other person suffer.
If there’s something you want to tell the other person, then you have to say it, but so do skillfully, in a way that leads to less rather than more suffering.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 18 of the 35 Days of Love