Saturday, February 20, 2010

When is the last time you REALLY learned from a mistake?

"If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake." —Eli Siegel

I can recall exactly the last time I messed up promised myself that it would NEVER happen again.  
Back in South Carolina, if you are communicating with someone about babysitting their children you call their home and speak to them directly. Well in Highland Park, the moms text. No phone calls...all texts. 
Recently, I have been babysitting for the Johnsons*. The genetically gifted Mrs. Johnson* was texting me one afternoon about babysitting that week. That night happened to be a Thursday(every college kid's ultimate night of the week). Also, my friend Jane* was texting me to discuss our plans that evening. My friend Jane got a text message saying "Yes mam! I'll be there tomorrow night"...Mrs. Johnson got Jane's text message. Jane's text message was not appropriate. 
Hopefully Mrs. Johnson has no friends or else my career in Highland Park babysitting is over. 
Ever since the incident, I have double-checked the recipient of each text message to guarantee this could never happen again. 
May sound like a cliche but I promise...if you think about it, we really do learn from our mistakes.