You know someone who’s making a mistake.

You know someone who you think is making a mistake.

You know someone who you think is making a mistake and you are opposed to it.

You know someone who’s mistake you’re opposed to and you say so.

You know someone who’s mistake you’ve vocally opposed and you expect them to stop mistaking.

You know someone who doesn’t take your opinion, advice or criticism of their mistake.

You sit back to watch what you predict come to fruition.

Or not.

Whether you’re right or wrong

It’s still their mistake to make.


In support of all fellow mistake makers.

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32 thoughts on “Mistaken

  1. Wise to keep one’s mouth shut for these reasons but if really seems harmful I will open my mouth.


  2. sourgirlohio says:

    Something to think about today. Thank you for the perspective:)


  3. Elisa says:

    ew ty lol now i have to put this in my bleepin book


  4. LOL! I am at my daughter’s home and she has a sign on one of her walls that says, “I TOLD YOU SO. Mom” Your post reminded me of it. I certainly wish I had listened to all the wisdom that had been given to me growing up Colleen. But, instead, I chose the School of Hard Knocks and Bumps. What an idiot I was! But, I look at it this way. If our souls are recycled, then I will be considered, “an old soul.” Haha!


  5. Teaches me a lesson…I should probably just shut my big mouth…but it’s so hard!


  6. markbialczak says:

    You are not mistaken here, MBC, that’s for sure.


  7. My mistake is thinking too much, lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. mewhoami says:

    That is true. It’s their mistake and as long as it’s not hurting anyone else, then maybe they need to make that mistake in order to learn from it.


  9. viveka says:

    Colleen, you got me on this … don’t have a clue what you’re on about … not easy to be a Swede. But I probably wouldn’t say anything .. because I think it will cause more confusion to the issue. Wish you and Mr a pleasant weekend.


    • Aw. It’s just about letting people make their mistakes. Have you ever noticed how when people make mistakes there is always someone telling them they are wrong, they can’t or shouldn’t do something. I really don’t think as humans we can learn from other people’s mistakes. If we could, we would be perfect by now. We learn from our own mistakes.


      • viveka says:

        Colleen, I have a couple of those people around me too … I just ignore them, but as you say we can’t learn from others mistake, but I must say that if somebody has made a mistake … I can have that in mind when something similar happens to me. But still it has to be me making the
        Colleen, this time I had really difficulties understand what you wanted to say with your post … so thanks for explaining it to me. Simple enough, don’t understand why I couldn’t get right in my head at the time I read it. Have a great week, you two


        • You’re welcome Viveka. And thank you for the well wishes!

          Sometimes when I write I come from a very contemplative place in my head….and I think it comes across almost like I expect people reading it to know the thoughts I was having PRIOR to writing. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. niaaeryn says:

    A wise plan. I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    We have to have the freedom and support to make our own mistakes…as well as correct them as we see fit, agreed. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. April says:

    How can we learn if we don’t make our own mistakes? Besides, it’s kind of fun to say “I told you so” even if it’s not verbally.


  12. reocochran says:

    Sadly, sometimes you just want to close your eyes and not find out what happens, too.
    Colleen, I tell people my suggestions and annoy my grown kids, from time to time. I also love that there are others who I care about who come to me and seek my counsel. I smile and always add the question, “What do you think?”
    This releases any responsibility from voicing my opinion, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ Colleen, you told this exactly how I would picture your actions and how it would all take place. โ™ก


    • I have learned (after MANY lessons) that it’s okay to share opinions and advice. But, we often do it without being asked. I know I do. And I can’t expect anyone to think I know better. And I should add a disclaimer to everything I say….because I do NOT know better!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  13. Debra says:

    Wisdom is knowing when to speak up and when to leave it aloneโ€ฆI don’t always get it right! I have a hard time standing by when friends are making decisions I suspect are going to bring unhappiness, but sometimes, maybe often, it really isn’t my place to give advice. And you’re rightโ€ฆwe are all mistake makers at times. Good to remember.


  14. johncoyote says:

    You are right my friend.
    “Whether youโ€™re right or wrong
    Itโ€™s still their mistake to make.”
    The mistakes make us better. Life is many lessons leading to wisdom if we are lucky.


  15. tric says:

    It’s very hard to stay quiet though.


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