“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope

Assignment: Do we learn more from finding out that we have made mistakes or from our successful actions? Plan your response, and then write an essay.

In our genuine understanding of humanity, we usually classify people by good and bad. Other people are usually the bad ones, but we tend to justify our own actions, even though deep inside we know they were wrong. Every individual is convinced that he is a good person, whose actions result from the circumstances and other people’s behavior. We tend to praise ourselves for the success we achieve, but rarely learn something from our mistakes.

However, a deeper observation of our character can unmask values, deeds, and judgments that are not worthy of a praise. When someone realizes what it means to be a good person, and acknowledges that he has been wrong in certain situations, he will be close to a personal transformation. Our ego, which is encouraged when we analyze success, is not a good teacher.

It is not easy to identify our own mistakes. The instinct to protect ourselves and the people we love can easily cause us to hurt others. Life is a journey towards higher goals that are not only identified by social status and success, but with our personal growth as well. Being a truly good person means that I should know and experience my deepest fears, aspirations, and mistakes.

That’s the only way to realize how I can become better. No one can be a good person if he hasn’t analyzed his own actions and wasn’t appalled by his own negativity. When we consciously think about our deeds without creating a false image about ourselves, the journey towards transformation can begin.

Recognizing our own mistakes doesn’t mean that we should be overly humble about the success we achieve. However, we shouldn’t applaud ourselves about the successful actions while suppressing our consciousness. Too much self-esteem can make us morally inactive, since the ego won’t allow us to acknowledge our realistic personality. Our mind has an ability to distort the situations in our favor.

We all have good and bad sides, and we should learn how to see them.
The action of identifying our mistakes and acknowledging that we were wrong is associated to another important aspect: forgiveness. Repentance is a sign of personal growth and understanding that we can be better persons. From the moment we forgive ourselves and ask for forgiveness from others, we can start realizing our true potentials and qualities.

In addition to our success, we should recognize failure too. Instead of being ashamed to think about the times we did wrong, we should become aware of the reasons and consequences of those actions. Then, we can learn from them and become wiser and better than we were.

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