“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
The popular saying created by line 525 of Pope’s poem An Essay on Criticism, Part II (1711)
To error is human. If you've ever made a mistake would you want someone to hold it against you forever? Have you ever said something you didn't mean out of anger? Have you ever lied about anything? Have you ever taken something small?
Once a liar always a liar. Once a thief always a thief. Is this really true? We all know, life is not always so black and white. There are many shades of grey. Trying to put someone in a box for a lifetime because they may have made a bad decision is a mistake we shouldn't make.
Oprah Winfrey said it poignantly, "There is no such thing as failure just God trying to move you in a different direction." Categorizing each other based on isolated behavior can cause more damage to someone than it does any good. Everyone deserves having the opportunity to grow from a mistake.
Best friends set great examples of forgiveness. Most of the time friends are able to see beyond isolated behavior and understand each other as whole people.
Life can get the best of us sometimes which may cause irrational behavior and poor decision making. Poor decisions are life's way of giving us a wake up call. It really means its time to reassess how and why we are making certain kinds of decisions. If we use these trying times to learn life lessons and use the experience to guide us better in the future then making mistakes become more a part of life's opportunities to grow rather than a label or box we must live with.