All week I’ve been off by one day. Not with the day of the week, but the actual date. On Monday, for example, I was sure it was the 21st all day long. I’m sure this disorientation had something to do with the stupid mistake I made yesterday. Let’s talk about that!
Positive that my kids had a doctor’s appointment, I left work, picked them up at daycare, and shuttled them to their doctor’s office. Right as I was checking in, a vision of the appointment reminder card flashed before my eyes. October 23rd! Not today, October 22nd. Shit! The front desk confirmed my error. Their appointment was the next day.
I had to explain to my three year old that Mom made a mistake and our appointment wasn’t today. You see, he was going to the doctor to get his flu shot, so there was a good amount of anticipation on his part. I watched the relief spread across his face. Then he asked me if he still would get his post-shot treat. Naturally! I asked him what he had in mind and he said he wanted grapes. You got it kid! It was late afternoon at this point and not worth returning to work or daycare, so we headed home. For grapes!
I pride myself on being pretty organized and on top of my game. So what the heck happened? The appointment was in my calendar as October 23rd. The doctor’s office had sent me a reminder message, too! Not that I had double checked my calendar or read my messages. Organizational hubris at its best! Still, I was annoyed with myself about the oversight.
I have a friend who believes that when we start making careless errors it’s a sign that we need to slow down. Applying her theory to this situation makes complete sense as over the last few months I’ve done anything but slow down. In addition to working, I’m blogging, freelancing, and dream building, all while determined to remain a present Mom and wife with a clutter-free home. So yeah, are we shocked the cracks are beginning to show?
On the drive home Landon and I had a chat about mistakes. How everyone make mistakes, and how it’s okay. That the best thing we can do is take a deep breath, say sorry, move forward, and try not to do it again. Also, it was a reminder to myself to make the best of any given situation. I got to spend the afternoon with my kids, and we saw a fire truck and a cement mixer on our drive home. We had extra play time. We ate grapes!
What lessons do you try to glean from mistakes you’ve made? Have you made a careless error lately? Be a pal and share so I know I’m not alone!