‘Fessing our faults is freeing. Fear of not being perfect holds us back.
I once made a terrific blunder while working at The Southampton Press. I wrote that a proposed school budget was $14,000,000 when it was only $12,000,000 (or something like that, details have been blurred in my brain). I was so mad at myself. But did you ever read the Corrections Page of The New York Times? There are always corrections. We are only as perfect as our last mistake.
This blog was inspired by the honesty of Carla King who runs a Self-publishing boot camp work camp and has published books on self-publishing. She reminds authors to proof-read, proof-read, proof-read and had a typo in her newsletter and had to send an Oops! follow-up email.
Every Friday night, when my family sits down to a big meal, we go around the table and each of us shares our Happiness of the Week and also our Embarrassing Moment of the Week. This tradition is great because we can turn our mistakes into funny anecdotes.
Japanese artists always make one intended mistake in their paintings. Because:
A perfect universe contains imperfections.