I hope you make mistakes

Written by on April 30, 2013

Neil Gaiman

Here’s my favorite quote from Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theater and films:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

“Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

“So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

“Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

What’s a recent mistake you’ve made and how did it change you? How did it change your world?


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  1. Jeannie   On   May 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Dear Lynn, Lasr night I
    trully lived my faith in
    Jesus Christ. I went to
    bed hungry last night,and
    asked Jesus to help me
    not eat anything during
    the night. To depend on
    Him alone. I drifted off to sleep praising the Lord
    through the alpha-bet. His injumction, also did
    some floor exercises during the night, His idea,The prayer was
    Jesus directed. Give me
    a plan when I can see no other way but to snack. The mistake was
    that I would not know the physical reaction and
    pain there would be when I set out with Jesus. My flesh was upset. And it let me know with pain. The battle was the Lords I was a grateful participant in the victory.
    This is not exactly what
    you were asking for, but
    yes I stepped out with God and we celebrated together. Amen I have had victories before but
    this was totally trusting
    Jesus. Amen again,Love

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