Favorite mistake

I just watched last week’s Grey’s Anatomy on the TIVO, and it got me thinkin. Actually, the title of the episode got me thinking. It was called “my favorite mistake.” So, in light of that, I was thinking, is there a mistake I’ve made that I’m happy about – something that I should have done differently but am glad I made the mistake. I’m one of those annoying Polly-Anna type people who likes to focus on the good and have no regrets. So it was a hard question for me. It reminds me of that song that’s always being sung by someone on American Idol – “God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.” Each of my mistakes (and there have been plenty) have made me who I am now. But is there one specific ‘mistake’ that really stands out as being more significant – or more humorous – and can be called a ‘favorite’? Mistake is defined as “a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention,” so what’s mine?

I think mine would be the flight home I missed when I was in Moldova. I had fulfilled my 6-month commitment, my employer was sending me home, and I missed the flight. Then I decided I might as well stay. Indefinitely. I was broke. I had no job. Nowhere to live. But something told me it would all work out. And it did. A few months later I started dating E. and before long we were engaged.

So, tag! You’re it! What’s your favorite “mistake”?


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