The beauty of grace

At work this week I made a huge mistake, and I mean HUGE. It was something I did not know I could do when carrying out the tasks I am responsible for. It was disorienting, and as one does, I tried to find a way to undo my mistake. Unfortunately, this was one of those times when there was no ‘undo’ button, there was no way I could revert the data to the way it had been before, so it was about finding a different solution.

Like most humans I dislike making mistakes. And if I do make them I work to try and fix them myself. The job I work in at the moment is a position I feel comfortable in but is different to those I have worked before. Thankfully, as I have said many times on my blog, I work with people that believe processes can be improved and get stuck in to make it happen. Even when the task they are helping with is not one they are directly responsible for they put in their best effort. This encourages me to do the same. In any job there can be huge numbers of moving parts. Colleagues that work differently, clients that have different needs, computer systems that glitch out, people going on leave during a busy time (note that I am not placing blame here, just stating something that happens sometimes). What I really value about my current position is the people I work most closely with believe their is a solution to any problem which may arise. This mindset they have helps me to flip my perspective if I find myself falling over the other side of the line into ‘This mistake will never be fixed!’ territory.

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Dogs are a brilliant example of showing forgiveness, most dogs anyway. When I was house-sitting once I was blessed to be sharing the space spending time with a wonderful dog and cat. Some days I didn’t have the energy to take the dog, Teddy, for a walk. He would complain for a bit, but often would read my body language and settle to sit down beside me. In my thinking he knew what he wanted, a walk, but realised that day it probably wasn’t going to happen. The fact I had walked him the six days previous meant he knew a walk would likely happen the next day. If in fact dog thought processes work like that.

This is a great lesson for us to take on board too. I have been working in my current job for almost six months. This mistake I made is the first really big one I’ve made, I think. The instant I made the mistake I wasn’t thinking about all the days I had done the work as planned and managed other small little issues well. My mind went straight for the ‘woe is me’ response. In these situations our initial response is valid. For me, I had made a mistake, a silly one in my own estimation, and I felt that sinking feeling. What we must not do is let this mistake affect how we respond to other things in our lives – including fixing this initial mistake. I took a deep breath, and thought about the next step. I let my immediate manager know what had happened and with her help took the necessary steps to fix the problem. Like Teddy, I complained for a bit, realised the best way forward, and took action to make it happen.

When we take responsibility for our mistakes and commit to trying to fix them the outcome is almost always better than if we try to hide the mistake and pretend it never happened. With the help of others we may even find the mistake is easier to fix than we thought. It helps if we forgive ourselves for having made the mistake in the first place. It also helps if others show grace towards us, no matter how silly the mistake might have been.

Are there any mistakes you’ve made this week which made you feel a bit silly? Were they big ones or small ones? How do you manage mistakes and try to solve the problems they can cause? Do you find it easy to forgive yourself? Do you find it easy to show grace to others when they own up to mistakes?

Go well into your week. Peace.

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20 thoughts on “The beauty of grace

  1. Kingsley Uchechukwu says:

    The Spirit of God works grace progressively, He carries it on from one degree to another.
    It is called grace because it is a work of free grace; every link in the golden chain of our salvation is wrought and enamelled with free grace.

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  2. K.L. Hale says:

    I enjoyed reading this for many reason. Grace is indeed a beautiful thing. I wish more wrote of it~and more importantly ~lived it. I make mistakes daily. All humans do. Isn’t it encouraging to have leaders and coworkers that believe in grace? And to also look for ways to improve processes ~the whole teamwork, “let’s work smarter, not harder!”, the “its-ok-you-haven’t-done-anything-I-haven’t-done” attitude! You’re winning at life Hamish! I find it easy to give grace. It’s not always easy. Yet, it’s what I’m called to do. I’m glad your job is going well!

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    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words and kind actions to the world. It really is something we all must give to the world and to each other. While I want to be out of the “rat race”, so to speak, it helps working with good people until I have the means to be working for myself in writing and music. God’s grace and peace be with you. 🌟

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  3. CattleCapers says:

    I know how sucky it is to make mistakes. Good workplaces will show grace and focus on all of the positive work. Bad ones, and I worked under these circumstances for many years, only focus on the one mistake made out of hundreds of decisions. We’re only human, after all.

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    1. Hamish says:

      We are only human, which has its benefits as well as its drawbacks. I’m thankful for the good workplace I’m in. I pray your future ventures involve being around good people who help each other be the best they can be, even through the mistakes we will all make.

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  4. AP2 says:

    Lovely words again Hamish. I have made big mistakes in my job before as well – not ideal as a pilot. Mercifully I’ve always had a “big brother captain” looking over my shoulder, and I him! I’m happy to say I’ve saved the captain’s proverbial on a number of occasions too! We are all human – the trick is being able to move on from it after its happened – so one mistake doesn’t become several. This is much easier said than done of course. It sounds like you have a cool head on your shoulders – to reflect on it so quickly and see the big picture is a credit to you. I think most others would let that hang over them for much longer!

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    1. Hamish says:

      I’m glad you have good people around you to remain calm under pressure. Necessary in any area of our life; work, sport, family gatherings.

      I owe my cool head to my father and to my faith. It has been a revelation to realise anger, frustration, and self-pity take away from life, they do not add to it. For sure I will still feel these emotions at times – and this is ok. What matters is how I process them, to not let them get the better of me. For me this is through prayer and conversation.

      Peace to you, my friend.

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  5. msw blog says:

    Great post. I think you summed it up nicely with “When we take responsibility for our mistakes and commit to trying to fix them the outcome is almost always better than if we try to hide the mistake and pretend it never happened. “

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    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve learned this very thing over the course of making many mistakes, some of which I tried to brush under the carpet. It worked out better when I owned up, to myself or others, and worked to alleviate any damage. Mistakes are the best opportunities for us to learn, if we only take them. 🙂

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  6. PoojaG says:

    I have made a couple of little mistakes this week- nothing major. I think the best way forward like you said is to accept that you made a mistake and try to do your best to fix the it.

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  7. Sundaram Chauhan says:

    I can easily forgive people if they take initiative and own up their mistake, instead of playing the blame game. And I remember my own big mistakes that made me lose my sleep, not because my manager wasn’t understanding, but forgiving my own self wasn’t as easy. How the hell could I do that? I would keep thinking. It hurt not matching upto my own standards sometimes. But I learnt to take it easy.

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    1. Hamish says:

      It’s a tough one. Even when others are showing grace and encouraging us to move forward, we can be our own worst critic. Similarly, when I play ultimate frisbee I hold a double standard: It’s ok if anyone else makes a mistake, as long as they try to fix it, but if I make I mistake it is terrible and I struggle to move past it.

      I’m glad you’ve learned to take it easy. It is something I am working at and hope to continue getting better at. Peace to you, my friend.

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