We can be hard on people. We give up when they screw up. We put them down when they are trying hard to rise up. We are quick to criticize small errors. We are slow to forgive. We ignore. We roll our eyes. We exclude.
We are all guilty at times.
When we are quick to judge, we need to take a step back and think about the second chances we were given. We need to be grateful for our second chances.
If you believe you haven’t received a second chance, think again.
- A new job is a second (or third) chance to work in better ways and lead in a more inclusive, collaborative, empowering way.
- Going to college is a second chance to learn in different ways.
- A new semester can be a second chance.
- Moving to a new city or neighborhood is a second chance to engage in a community and get to know your neighbors.
- Growing up, many second chances were given to you by your parents and grandparents.
- Joining a new spiritual community is a second chance to dig deep within and understand things beyond understanding.
- Rehab is a second chance.
- Reading a new book is a second chance to gain renewed inspiration.
- Raising your sons and daughters is filled with second chances. For parents, it is a second chance to build better parent-child relationships. For kids, it is the many chances to find your way and learn from mistakes.
If we really consider the opportunities, we are given the chance to try again. Second chances create learning opportunities. We just need to be open to the chance to be better.
Be grateful for your second chances but don’t let them spoil. Use your second chances fully.
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