Last night this Gen Y focused sitcom debuted on TV asking the question, "How should we handle our mistakes?"
1) Take Responsibility. In this day and age, we see public figures lie and avoid the truth by hiring lawyers and pleading the 5th. By denying something never happened, it usually means you are hiding the facts. We're all prone to making mistakes so the next time you make one, ADMIT it!
2) Apologize. Is it that hard to say sorry? Push your pride aside and be humble. Whether you intended to hurt someone or not, ask for forgiveness. Regardless of their response, at least you did the right thing.
3) Learn & Move On. Time heals. If you've done steps 1 and 2, learn from your mistakes and get on with your life. Don't bury yourself. Shame and guilt are self-inflicted feelings. Only you can release yourself from them. Don't dwell on your shortcomings because you can't change the past. If you don't make the same mistake twice, you've learned and become a better person!
It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN we make our next mistake. It's how you handle your mistakes that shows your true character. Take responsibility, apologize, learn and move on! Sometimes a huge mistake can turn into a tremendous learning opportunity! Learn from it and continue to grow forward!