Do you change your behavior significantly after being fortunate enough to escape bigger consequences of your actions?

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When you make a mistake, but do not suffer greatly from the mishap, one would hope that it would serve as a wake-up call.  What that means is that you would realize that you need to pay more attention and not make the same mistake in the future.  You have...

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When you make a mistake, but do not suffer greatly from the mishap, one would hope that it would serve as a wake-up call.  What that means is that you would realize that you need to pay more attention and not make the same mistake in the future.  You have been given a second chance.

Let’s take a small but almost metaphorical example. You are texting while walking, and you almost fall into a hole.  You realize that you should put your phone away while you walk.  This could avert disaster for you.  Hopefully, you will not text while you drive, or do anything else while walking or driving that will cause you to be distracted and get into a serious accident.

Sometimes we have small shocks that make us realize how close we have come to serious injury, disaster, or other misfortune.  We can learn from our mistake and prevent the big problem from happening, or we can pretend it never happened or forget it happened and then one day make the big mistake that does lead to big consequences.

Learn from your failures and near-misses.  Mistakes are a part of life.  When you avoid a mishap or a consequence, be grateful but use the opportunity.  Learn from your mistake.

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