Your Right to be Wrong
By Steve Goodier
A humorous story has it that a newly appointed young clergy person was
contacted by a local funeral director to hold a graveside service at a small
country cemetery in Iowa. There was to be no funeral, just the committal,
because the deceased had no family or friends left in the state.
The young pastor started early to cemetery, but soon became lost. After making
several wrong turns, he finally arrived a half-hour late. The hearse was nowhere
in sight and cemetery workers were relaxing under a near-by tree, eating their
The pastor went to the open grave and found that the vault lid was already in
place. He took out his book and read the service. As he returned to his car, he
overheard one of the workers say, "Maybe we'd better tell him it's a septic
Why is it we make our biggest mistakes in public? And some people can't avoid
it...former hockey goalie Jacques Plante wonders, "How would you like a job
where, if you made a mistake, a big, red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?"
But we should never give up our right to be wrong. Good judgment comes from
experience and experience comes from bad judgment. It is your right to be wrong.
"No (one) ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes,"
said William E. Gladstone. Great mistakes are opportunities for great learning.
And great learning makes for great living.
You have a right to be wrong. And if you are to build a great life, you have a
duty to make great mistakes. If possible, laugh at them. Always learn from them.
And try to make sure your next mistake is one you haven't made before!
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