Chances…take as many as you need
“We as human beings, I think cannot stand in judgement as to how many chances you get”—Oprah.
Second chances. We’re big on that in this country. In fact, we tend to root for the fallen to make a comeback. We love it so much that I think we knock people down to see if they can get back up. But, there seems to be a rule that you can only have ONE second chance. After that, you’re broken.
I’m with Oprah. I love second chances…and third chances…and fourth chances. Because without them, I’d be nothing. I’ve had a lot of second chances in my life; I’m a slow learner when it comes to appropriate and productive behavior.
Thankfully, we all get an infinite number of do-overs, whether you realize it or not. Every minute, every hour, every day. Stop and start over; as many times as you need to. Granted, others may give up on us. They may decide that we’ve run out of chances, but we really haven’t. Maybe we’ve exhausted their benevolence, but we keep trudging on. What else is there to do?
We humans are a flawed, fussy and judgmental bunch. We’re quick to exclaim ‘nobody’s perfect’ when we screw up, but then expect perfection in others. Or ourselves. Nobody’s perfect. Not even close.
In fact, I believe that the most successful people, no matter how you define success, are the ones that have started over the most. They realize that life is full of second chances. That we can start over again and again and again. There is no set amount. Oprah is right.
Start taking chances. As many as you need.