Have you ever thought of an UNDO command to fix a mistake?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an undo function in life? We could undo something we said, undo watching something we should not have watched. Too many times our human nature kicks in, and we go about blaming someone or something or even random circumstances for our mistake—when all along, we were responsible. It is so difficult to admit being or doing wrong.
How brilliant it would be if we could use the undo button to, undo, other things we do because fearlessness is often the lesser part of caution. Let us take the example of Tattoos. Say, we tattoo our lover’s name on our forearm, which is great when we are in love because love is blind. But then when we break up and have to explain to a later lover or spouse that ‘I am the ex of ….’. If we can pull that off, we don’t need an undo button.
One day out of boredom, I was playing on my handheld Solitaire game. I had moved a card wrongly that I was stuck and unable to make another move. I quickly decided to use the “UNDO” button and took back my previous play. That allowed me the opportunity to put my card in a different column, thus making it easy for me to win the game. This led me to think weirdly, what if , Life had an “UNDO” button when we realize we’ve made a mistake? At first, I thought if would I use it more often? And then when I started thinking about all the times I might have to use such a button, I got carried away. I was marking mistake after mistake in my head and had to do a virtual slap on my forehead to stop. After 18 years I have discovered that the secret to success is mastering failure. Most of us would not agree with this statement, because we have been trained to think “failure” is the worst thing that can happen to us when in reality. I was always told, failure is the worst thing that could happen in anybody’s life. But I did not commit the mistake with my son. I wanted him to fail, learn from his mistakes and understand that failure is the ladder to success. What we learn from our failures prepares us to secure our success. It gives us the wisdom to perfect, preserve, and protect.
What happens if we don’t learn from our mistakes? When we encounter hard times, we are ill-prepared to handle it. Simple to say, Life comes with bumps in the road for everyone. Whether it’s a small bump or a large bump sometimes it is up to us. If we’re not equipped with the ability to understand which is which, we may turn small bumps into large ones, or small mistakes into big mistakes. Lucky for us, there are times when we have a choice we can do a gut-check on the choice we just made about something and if it’s not too late – we can hit the UNDO button and go back to where we were – and then head towards a positive direction. An example of that might be apologizing for something we said or did and getting back on the right track. But if it’s too late to hit the UNDO button, then we head down the path we chose, praying we learn whatever the path has to teach us.
Looking back at some of my decisions I’ve made in my life I can see there were times I actually could have hit the UNDO button to follow my passion, but I did not. Life had some better options for me. If I had hit the UNDO button when I was undecided between marriage and Job, I clicked SAVE to my decision so that I will not have a chance to UNDO. If I had clicked UNDO button when I was undecided between career or home, I would have enjoyed my job. I may have struggled to parent my son juggling work and family. I would have been flying high in the skies if I did UNDO, but because I did not, I feel I’m emotionally stronger and hopefully a better decision maker as a result. I would not call this a Sacrifice because I don’t believe in that. It is just a compromise for the betterment of my family.
There can be so many reasons we are where we are at this moment in time. Some we understand now, some we may not understand for months or years to come. Either way, when life gives us choices, let us make the best decision we can. The next time you wish you had an UNDO button for something you did, remember that you can choose to learn from it and make a positive outcome or let one bad choice lead to another. It’s your call.
Recently I bumped into my old school friend after 23 years. I could not make out as she was different completely. Regaining myself from the shock, I asked her a dumb question, ‘Hey, what happened to the boy with yellow teeth and spiky hair like the hedgehog, who was eyeing on you during our long bus journey to home?’ To her credit, my friend remained cool as she replied, ‘The spiky yellow fellow became my hubby.’ Ah! for an UNDO button! 🙂 🙂
For a Perfect Utopia, do not UNDO!
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