I didn’t know!!!

I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

I could beat myself up with whips of shame and embarrassment for not knowing. I could cower in the closet with excuses. I could sit in a corner and shiver with guilt for not doing better. I could rip up the carpet and try to hide my mistakes underneath.

I didn’t know. But now I do, so none of those things will work.

I don’t know exactly what to do about it all, so I decide to wander a bit.

I’m walking along the cobblestone alley of my life, looking down at my feet so that I don’t stumble and fall.

I look up and notice that I’m walking past a storefront. It’s an old-timey hardware store. It has a sign in the window.

“If you don’t have the tools, you can’t use them.”

Huh. That’s true, I think to myself, and keep walking. I’m paying a little more attention to my surroundings now.

Up ahead, on the side of a building, I see some colorful graffiti.

If you know better, do better.

Okay, yes. I see.

I didn’t know. Now I do. I know better.

So I make my way home. Along the way, I go back to the hardware store and pick up some tools. While I’m inside, I ask for some help, to make sure I get the right ones.

Then I go back and apologize.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know. But now I do. And I also have some new tools. I am going to do better.”

And I will.

In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!

Love, and light in the pages,

Maggie

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