M is for Mistakes

I have made, and will probably continue to make, a plethora of mistakes throughout my life.  Some mistakes were by pure accident, and the circumstances were beyond my control.  Some mistakes were due to foolishness, and were made because I was either in a hurry, not thinking, or not being cautious.  A few mistakes were made when I knew better, and proceeded anyway.  However, in all cases, I believe the most important thing is the way I handled them.

The Lord Is Your Strength (Hand Lettering & Doodling)
ZigCalligraphy Marker, Sharpies, and UniBall Air Pen on Mead Sketch Book
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - M is for Mistakes
Art Journal Journey - Inspired By A Song
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #357
Accidental mistakes are bound to happen.  Therefore, I believe it is a matter of standing back up, dusting myself off, and moving forward.  As the Bible says in Psalm 37:24, "Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand."

Be Renewed - Etegami For My Mom (Hand Painted and Lettered)
Sumi Ink, Winsor & Newton Watercolors, Ink Pads, Brushes, & Stamps
Anything But Cute #12 - Earth Day
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #224-#225
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 5 Year 6
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #223
I know foolish mistakes can always be prevented.  That is why I try to be cognizant of everything I do.  However, when I make them, I always remember what my parent told me as a child, "What did you learn from this?"

Happy Birthday (Hand Cut, Pieced, & Decorated Cake)
Martha Stewart Paper Borders; Paper Scraps; EK Success Flower & Corner Punches; Fiskars Paper Edgers & Gel Pens; Ink Pads; Mini Bowdabra; Assorted Ribbons, Including Glitter Organza Ribbon.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Spring Break 2016 - Austin, TX
Smash Folio; Tim Holtz Matchbook die, Mini Star Die, Pinecone Die, & Travel Ways Stamp Set; Stampcraft Typewriter Stamp Set; K&Company Diecuts & Tissue Tape; and Uniball Air Pen.
Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style - Sketch #21 
Deliberate mistakes are harder to handle.  Honesty, repentance, and amends are always necessary.  As found in Proverbs 28:13, "Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy."

Instruments Of Peace
Nikon D3300 With Text Added On Pixelmator
Our Beautiful World - Compassion
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Rebecca's Haiku My Heart
In closing, I want to make a disclosure.  I believe mistakes can be beneficial.  Mistakes can help us grow, molding us to become better and wiser persons.  Mistakes, like those made during creative endeavors or the scientific process, can also lead to innovation.  Anyway, thank you for following my blog and for your thoughtful comments.  Most importantly, thank you for your friendships.  Blessings!


Indrani said…
This made me think of my mistakes. Very well explained post of different mistakes of life. I have to be more careful.
Happy ABCW!
Leslie: said…
Oh my goodness! Mistakes, I've made a few...isn't that a song? But with each one I have learned something. The latest mistake brought me to this new home with my beloved Tegan and thank the Lord, I'm finally at peace. Of course, I might make more mistakes, but thankfully, God gave me faith in Him, perseverance, and a good sense of humour! I plan to make the most of the future He allows me. Thank you for being a fellow mighty warrior in the Lord and a virtual friend. I love your philosophy of life (as I read it here) and you are one lucky man to have such a great family of which you write with such deep love.

abcw team
Valerie-Jael said…
Lovely post, love the calligraphy, Valerie
I've said recently in my blog that mistakes, and dealing with same, define who we are.

NCSue said…
Mistakes are only grave mistakes if harm someone or if we don't profit from them by learning a better way.
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/04/this-is-what-hope-looks-like.html
MelodyK said…
Mistakes are ment to be made my friend.... they're the biggest opportunities we can get to learn... for the better ore the worse... It also makes us aware of how life can be in a bad way, and therefore learn us to appreciate the more beautiful things.

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
Lynn Holland said…
A work colleague once said "There are no mistakes, only opportunities"
How true
Have a good week
Lynn 7
Heather said…
Gorgeous cards Arnoldo, a lovely design and colours........your image is adorable along with super details!!

Heather x
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Lin said…
A wonderful post for me this morning, Arnoldo, thank you for your thoughts! I enjoyed looking at your creations as I read down through it, too. Thanks for sharing these and entering this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

I think making mistakes helps us to understand when friends do the same.
Reader Wil said…
I don't know anybody who doesn't make mistakes. I am always glad when other people make mistakes, because then I think:" great I am not the only one who makes mistakes.!"
Your post is an eyeopener as always. Thank you for writing it and sending it in.
Have a blessed week!
Wil, ABCWTeam
carol l mckenna said…
Wonderful post and yes, 'making mistakes' is how one learns I believe ~ trick is to learn from them ~ (all part of the human condition) ~ Your creative work is dazzling and divine as always ~

Wishing you peace in your day ~ ^_^
Sharon Madson said…
I agree, we learn from our mistakes, probably even the mistakes we make on purpose. I am so thankful our Lord is a forgiving God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and o cleanse us from all unrighetousness" I John 1:9
Your Blog is always like a mini devotional given very tastefully. :)
BTW your calligraphy is very pretty. Thanks for sharing it and your thoughts. #52
ToadilyDiane said…
Awesome words of wisdom. Thank you.
Have a great day.
Diane - WOYWW #30
Sharon said…
Beautiful post. I love coming to your blog and reading your thoughtful posts. They certainly give me something to think about. Beautiful artwork.

Sharon K #42
Linda said…
This is such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing.
Julia Dunnit said…
Making mistakes, I think, however and for whatever reason, is the way we grow and change and learn. I love the zen tangling!
Joy said…
A beautiful illustrated meditation on mistakes.
Unknown said…
Great insight and so thoughtful! Love your first 2 pics. I am thankful for God's forgiveness, grace, and mercy for the things I do, too.
Carol N #45
April said…
Being human can be so trying sometimes. :-) I agree with you on mistakes and love the verses that you used. That flower is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love all your artwork, but that is my fave of this week's lot. May God bless you in everything you do and guide you through any mistakes you may make along the way.
April #34
Ros Crawford said…
A lovely post filled with meaningful photos ... Yes, we all make mistakes and they are our only way to learn ... sadly not everyone does... Perhaps the world would be a better place if they did...Thanks so much for sharing at OBW... Have a beautiful day
Trubes said…
I've made a few mistakes in my life, the biggest one was to befriend a girl who's husband had left her with two small children...
she repaid my kindness by having an affair with my then husband, who I subsequently divorced.
This was a good thing in the end, because I met and married my husband, we've been married now for almost 29 years. He's been a wonderful husband too...

No MISTAKE there then Arnoldo!

Lovely thought provoking post and again some MARVELOUS art work,

Blessings to you my friend,
ABCW team.

Inspiring post...we all do it and must learn from them! I LOVE the art here...the script writing...so gorgeous, and love the card for your mom, so inspiring!
Beautiful cards and thought provoking post. I have kind of grown to embrace mistakes, they refine us and let the light in don't they?
Happy Creative week to you!
Kim #66
Another great post Arnoldo. I believe that making mistakes is what proves we are humans and it's how we deal with them and learn from them that matters. Thanks for the visit to mine. Happy crafty belated woyww, Angela x 24
Indira said…
We all make mistakes. The way to grow is to recognize that we made one and vow not to repeat it. It is hard sometimes. But I appreciate your honesty and the courage to put it out for the world to see. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful art too.
Your words are on point and mistakes make us more versatile if we acknowledge em. Your yellow flower card is very pretty and awesome sauce. The sentiment is so very true. Wonderful and fantabulous design!

Thanks for joining our "Earth Day" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT
Ritu Dua said…
What a beautiful post! Your sentiments matter a lot.Recognizing your mistakes is being brave !!

Stay positive and keep inspiring :)

sarascloset said…
I always enjoy my visits to your blog...what an inspiring post. Thank you, God, for being a forgiving God!

Your cards are all beautiful, but I am here with my Anything but Cute hat on to say your Etegami card is just amazing with it's coloring and gorgeous lined drawing. Is that hand drawn or a stamp? Either way, it's lovely.

Thank you for joining our Earth Day Challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

PS Samra's description asks us to list what inspired us from her mood board. If you get a moment could you add something about that, please?

Laila said…
I love your post today for several different reasons. Your words make me think, which is good. The mistakes we do in spite knowing better are the hardest ones to overcome. Luckily with age they decrease in number.
Your hand lettering is stunningly beautiful and I love your etegami. How fun that you really gave them a try.
Irene Rafael said…
Mistakes are a part of life and of being a human being. I favor what your parents taught. Truthfully, I learn a lot this way. It is also to take the lessons seriously, lightly and a sense of humor helps. I enjoyed visiting today. Have a lovely week.
Shoshi said…
You are so right in what you say about mistakes, Arnoldo. In the Bible, in the original Hebrew, there are several different words for "sin" and relate to the deliberate, the unintentional, etc., and how we deal with them is different as you say. We are so blessed that God promises His forgiveness when we repent. He knows we will continue to make mistakes and to sin deliberately because we are fallen beings, but His grace is everlasting! I love your beautiful art works (each so different in style) expressing your thoughts at the moment on this subject.

Thank you for your lovely comment - I am now fully recovered and can only think it was a 24-hour minor inner ear infection or something like that. Horrible while it lasted but soon over! Phoebe's bloods came back normal, and the vet has increased her dose slightly and we'll see how she gets on. The decorating is now finished and I am thrilled with how it came out - seeing my vision becoming a reality is marvellous and it couldn't be better. We still have a few things to bring back in but we are using it again and loving the new uncluttered feel.

We've had an extremely busy couple of days because as well as the decorating and other odd jobs being done, the men came at very short notice yesterday to replace our blown double glazed units with nice new clear ones, and we had to move at high speed to clear the rooms ready for them. I am therefore very behind with all my WOYWW comments as I didn't have any time to be on the computer yesterday.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #28
Linda Kunsman said…
Lovely post with beautiful art and scriptures Arnoldo. Yes, we all make mistakes and the best thing to ask oneself IS what did I learn from this? Thanks for linking to AJJ again along with your other places. Happy PPF and a happy weekend too.
Faye said…
Arnoldo, you have an excellent post, not only for the beautiful art work (love your calligraphy!) but also for the wise words you post.
Christine said…
nice work on the challenges arnoldo, and interesting topic on mistakes, not a word I like to face.
I always tell the kids at school that you learn more from your mistakes than from getting it right the first time. No mistakes in your art this week. Its all well done and beautiful. :)
GlorV1 said…
I always enjoy your posts. I learn a lot from your words and hopefully I've learned from my mistakes but sometimes I wonder. Great work. Have a wonderful weekend.
I don't know anyone who gets through this life without making mistakes, so I'm thankful for the mercies of the Lord!
Lea said…
I ask for compassion every day. Lots to think on here. Thank you for the Arnoldo!
Well, who haven't make mistakes. Everyone does and will. A good text/story to think about today.
Its been a long time ago, I was so so so busy. But I am happy to be online again and just got inspirated by reading your thoughts. Your art/creations are so beautiful.

Have nice day!
Giggles said…
I LOVE all your art this week...so beautiful and heartfelt. I agree with this post...and I always ask people " what did you learn from that?" Smart parents! Mistakes help us grow. This is such a well written post! Sometimes we even have happy mistakes...Every successful person I have ever read about said all their failures were stepping stones to their success and without them would be no success!! It's come up a lot lately too!! Blessings to you...may you have more happy mistakes than anything else!

Hugs Giggles
Lori said…
Wow - gorgeous works of art, and such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sketches In Thyme PL Style!
Ariadne said…
I totally agree with you!Mistakes can be beneficial!As long as others are not hurt! It is great!Thanks for sharing with us in Our Beautiful World. AriadnefromGreece!
Anonymous said…
such beautiful images,,
some mistakes are very helpful but I see no mistakes here today,, all amazing work!
Jennifer Rose said…
I believe a person has to make mistakes in life and in art to make any progress with either. A person cannot truly find out who they are without making mistakes along the way :) mistakes are what makes us :)
rebecca said…
thank you for placing a comfortable chair by the well of grace so we could lay our burdens down.
GalleryJuana said…
I'm really enjoying your Etagami art! And wonderful thoughts on mistakes too. Thanks for sharing.
I really like Ephesians 4:23 and boy, have we all made some mistakes or two? Wonderful post and reminder of God's grace for us. Hope you're having a good week! :)
Great and very inspiring art Arnoldo, and oh boy, do I make mistakes? But I know that I grow when learning from them, your parents gave you good advice. Happy Friday!

Create With Joy said…
Dear Arnoldo,

I always love reading the reflections that you write with your artwork - you are so profound!

I couldn't agree more that we all make mistakes but it's what we learn from them that counts.

Thank you for sharing your talents with us each week at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy. I'm delighted to feature you at our upcoming party, #223, this Sunday! :-)

Have an amazing weekend!
Marie Friant said…
Wonderful work!!!! I enjoyed your reflection and interactions with others about mistakes...My God, I made so many mistakes in my life lol and I will continue ... I also think that it is one of life's purpose...to make mistakes, accept we are not perfect and learn from it...Thank you so much for joining us @Sketches In Thyme PL Style!!!!
Cherished said…
Thanks for joining us at Sketches in Thyme PL style. I enjoyed seeing your work and reading your post.
Cec said…
Great projects and great post. We all make mistakes because we are not perfect but the trick is to learn from them and not to beat ourselves up about them. Love the floral card you created for your Mother - the painting is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.