A stumbling block in our fulfillment as people can sometimes be failing to give a person a second chance. We all make mistakes from time to time… and when we do, it is our human frailty emerging. It’s usually not a lack of effort or intelligence… it’s just how things are.
We can overlook our own flaws, inadequacies and shortcomings, but we are often too quick to recognize and top point out the mistakes to others.
It’s been said that tolerance is a virtue. It means that you are open to acceptance. A second chance can do a lot for a person’s self-confidence.
There is a great story about the genius inventor Thomas Edison who had worked tirelessly to build the electric bulb. After it was finally done, he asked his young helper to carry it upstairs from the workshop. Step by step, the young apprentice held the precious cargo in his hands, until the last step, where he dropped it and watched it shatter into pieces at his feet.
Now, Edison and his team were forced to work another 24 hours to build a replacement.
When it was completed, Mr. Edison enlisted the same young man to carry it upstairs again. That one act of understanding showed that the wise man knew very well that there was a whole lot more than just a light bulb at stake.
Do know anyone who could use that second chance?