Mistakes can be a lot easier to make than to get past.
Everyone makes mistakes, some big and some small. Some mistakes are correctable. Others are not, but that should not stop us from trying.
More important than the mistakes we make is if we are able to learn from, and transcend, the mistakes we make.
Born to a powerful surfing family in ancient times, Taul was a strong, and skillful, wave rider. In addition to being a talented surfer, Taul was also very intelligent and a fierce fighter.
Ever since he could remember, his family was great surfers. They also were very territorial. They lived in Is-Land which was a massive land mass surrounded completely by the ocean. Today, any land mass surrounded by ocean is called an island, which is the name handed down from the ancient and original Is-Land.
Taul’s family had lived in Is-Land and protected Is-land as their own for hundreds, and hundreds, of years. Everyone in Is-Land was related, or knew each other. Anyone not a citizen of Is-Land caught surfing on Is-Land was considered a trespasser and severely punished, sometimes with death.
Taul took his honored position as one of the best surfers in all of Is-Land. He also took his position as a great warrior. Whenever some other surfer or surfers showed up, it was more often than not Taul who took care of the situation and made sure the offenders were dealt with. Taul, and the other inhabitants of Is-Land, ruled with fear, violence and swiftness.
One day, Taul was out surfing alone when he spotted two surfers he did not recognize. Taul’s heart began to race and his adrenaline started pumping. Paddling intently with muscles tensed, and flexed, a scowl on his face, Taul began shouting at the intruders.
Before they could say anything, Taul delivered a mighty blow knocking one of the surfers into the water. Turning to clobber the other surfer, Taul was about to smack him when something he saw in the surfer’s face stopped him.
Instead of fear in the surfer’s face Taul saw disgust and astonishment. “You just attacked the surfer who saved your father’s life when he was a boy,” the surfer said. “We were coming here to celebrate his life as customary when you save a life. You would not be here if it were not for the surfer you just beat down.”
Sorry, and ashamed, of himself, Taul realized he had made a huge mistake. Realizing the gravity of his mistake made Taul crazy. He began paddling far out to sea.
Suddenly, the sparkles on the surface of the ocean became a bright light so bright it momentarily blinded Taul. All Taul could do was stop, and listen, to the ocean waves.
From the roar of the surf came a booming voice and the voice said, “Taul, why do you fight with other surfers, do not you know all surfers are connected? Know this - until you are at peace with others you will never be at peace with yourself. Now go and share this with others.”
Taul’s eyesight returned. He returned to help the two surfers and profusely apologize. When they came to shore, Taul shared with everyone his experience and vision.
From that time on, the surfers of Is-Land welcomed others and tried to make the world a better place for all surfers. This was the beginning of the Aloha spirit.
Though Is-Landers previously were known as being terrible surfers henceforth, and evermore, they were known as good surfers. Taul went on to become a great leader advocating peace and harmony amongst surfers. Before he died at a late age, he carved surfing scripture into shells and rocks preserving the message forever.
Future generations came to remember Taul not as the bad man he was but rather the good man he became when he realized, learned from, and transcended the big mistakes in his life.
Sometimes, making mistakes in life can hold us back from moving forward. Perhaps, we earnestly do something with good intentions and find out later it was a big mistake, a bad decision, choice or action.
Mistakes do not always mean failure for a surfer. Surfers succeed when they learn from their mistakes and correct them. In the end, our lives our judged less by the mistakes we make, and more by whether or not we correct them.