How often do I make a mistake or mess something up? Like smudge a brushstroke, drip paint on my finished painting, put the wrong herb in my stew or wear mismatched socks. Probably too often to count. The little things get brushed off as try again next time, or maybe there’s a way I can “fix it” or cover it up. The bigger ones, salt in the cookies instead of sugar, I pressed send instead of delete, I just have to own up and say I screwed up or I’m sorry. But how many times do I overlook an opportunity for something new that might be even better than I had planned? That color I thought was black is actually dark blue and I like it so much better! I can use that smudge on that perfectly clean white paper as a great starting point for my next painting. Basil instead of oregano gives this dish such an interesting flavor. I’m not a machine, I’m certainly not perfect. I will continue to make smudges, spills and goofs in and out of the studio. But what if some of them can lead to better things? I’d be happier and more relaxed and more creative. So in addition to my new year’s resolution to play more, I’m adding one (I make them all year round) to celebrate the oops moment. What mistakes have you made that turned out to be better than the original plan? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear !