My last newsletter highlighted the mistake I had made on my business cards. For those who did not read it, check out my blog. Below is the final section of the article:
The reality of the situation was:
- I made a mistake–it was not a reflection on who I am. It’s okay.
- I can easily order new cards.
- No one looks at the phone number on my banner anyway–I can order a new one when I am ready.
- I learned to have someone else do my final edits, even on a business card.
- I am still alive and well. This is not a life altering experience.
The morals of the story:
- It is clearly my reaction, not the event that shapes my experiences.
- It is good I do not make my living as a proof reader!
Remember, we have our strong and weak attributes. Ease up on yourself and enjoy the ride.
P.S. If you are checking this for mistakes, let me know if you find one!
This sequel to the article is; Watch out for what you ask for in your P.S.! Below are a few comments I received:
“This was great! It happens to each & every one of us. A dear client/friend of mine simply puts it like this: we are human!”
“TY yep no one is perfect Feel free to have me check anything for you. I only saw one typo here hahaha”
“Were you serious? I highlighted errors I found; wasn’t searching for any, but I was the go-to person in my store, for proofing any important memos. (see below) Replace with who and were, respectively.”
“Even if there are mistakes in this letter, it was perfect! I need to hear this message and will keep it in my in-box because I need to hear this again and again! Thanks, Ellen!”
“Great article! Third paragraph, first sentence, 9th word. I’m a better proofreader for others than myself!”
“Wonderful! thanks so much!”
“I love this! I especially love” I made a mistake; it was not a reflection on who I am”. It’s okay.”
“Congratulations on being human and wonderful!”
I shared the comments (exactly as they were written, some imperfectly) to illustrate my point. Almost everyone appreciated my vulnerability because what I shared was so relatable.
One of my favorite authors who writes on this topic is Brene Brown. This quote from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection is spot on: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
For years, I tried to show up with my act totally together. If anyone were to see my insecurities and mess-ups, what would they think? Hiding behind “having it all together” was stressful and exhausting. The moment I became more real with everyone, I was free to show you the crazy, imperfect, flawed, teacher that I am. I must admit, it is a lot more fun and much less stressful. I like being part of the human race (most of the time).
Now you know: I am not a good speller or proofreader, among other imperfections. I am totally okay with that.
What about you?
P.S. Just got my new corrected business cards–all is well…