I sew. Every day. And every day I take stitches out. You see, every time I sit at the machine I learn something. Some days I relearn a technique I don’t remember from the last time. But the last time I did it, I was being coached. This time, I was on my own. I learned by falling.

In the past I have tried with everything inside me to not fall. I don’t want to fail, to do it wrong. And when I fall, I berate myself for not knowing. I struggle to admit I don’t know. I need to get it right.

Now I know that I will fall. I don’t try to – I don’t have to try – I just will. And it’s okay. I acknowledge it and move on. I say, “I am just learning here,” and continue to press forward.

It seems to me that it is in the falling that the best learning happens. It is in taking out stitches that the more efficient way is firmly planted in my brain.

Read: Proverbs 24:16; Psalm 25:14; Micah 7:8

Don’t be afraid of falling. You will get back up again – with greater clarity and strength for the task at hand. Falling just might be the best teacher. And if you are learning, you are still alive.

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