Finally, Evelyn Cotter believes you need to forgive yourself. Only then, she says, can you truly move past your mistake.
“Forgive yourself and move on. Life is rich in learning experiences and if you haven’t made mistakes, you’re not living! If something is unresolved in us, it’s a button people other may sense push. So don’t let it become a button, let it go and move on. Your responsibility is to decide to deal with the problem in the best way you can.
“I would advise more timid people, or those who can’t admit to the mistake, to at least write down what happened and how it made you feel. Make a firm decision with yourself to not bring it up again. Once it’s been dealt with, let sleeping dogs lie. And if someone else brings it up, prepare some stock answers to throw out.
“If appropriate, make a joke about it. ‘Everyone makes mistakes,’ ‘it was a great learning opportunity’ and ‘I’m a better person for it!’ will show that you’re over it, better for it and ready to move on.””
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