Recognizing our wrongs: a needed practice

Being wrong isn’t something I would think most of us enjoy. Rather, I would think it to be the complete opposite; no one enjoys knowing they’re at fault for something, and I would even go so far as to say that a lot of us avoid confrontation when we are to blame because of our innate fear of failure.

Personally, I’ve always struggled with being called out when I screw up. I’m inclined to think most people do, although I have gotten much better with accepting accountability over the years. Part of the reason I’ve been able to progress with my reluctance to admit when I am in the wrong is because I’ve learned to acknowledge the significance of owning up to my fuck ups, as I recognize my fault(s) as a key component when it comes to doing better.

I believe a lot of us are entirely unaware of the beauty of failure. I realize how paradoxical that sounds, but hear me out. I’m inclined to think of the saying “failure isn’t falling down; it’s refusing to get back up again,” because, really, this expression echoes the essence of failure. Without it, we can’t succeed, hence why it is so important to embrace when we fail and are at fault in order to do better and be better. 

So many of us are unwilling to accept blame because we fear failure. It is unfortunate that this social construct has been embedded into our consciousness since we were children, but I would argue the statement offers validity. In order to succeed and grow in anything in life, we must first be able to admit when we are at fault.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

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