The Mistake that Became Dinner

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. — Oscar Wilde (from Lady Windermere’s Fan, Act III)

Sometimes a mistake can be a fortuitous event. Such was the case in our household yesterday. Here’s what happened.

My daughter signed up to bring a main dish for the church dinner her youth group was helping serve. Together we prepared and baked a lovely lasagna. She was awake and ready to go when I headed out the door for worship at the church I serve. My spouse was already next door for services in the congregation he serves. I even left the fresh-out-of-the-oven and delicious-smelling dish in the back seat of the car for her.

Poor child! She who is usually quite responsible somehow managed to fall asleep in the one hour between when I left the house and she had to leave for church. While I was sad that the mistake was made, I was delighted that we would have a tasty treat. Her mistake became a delightful lagniappe for our Sunday supper.

Mistakes are like that sometimes. They don’t have to be horrible; in fact, a mistake can be quite instructive. Occasionally, as in our case, a mistake can be delicious.

Many familiar inventions and products are the results of mistakes. Toll House Cookies, the microwave oven, the vulcanization of rubber, penicillin, cornflakes, the Frisbee, the Slinky, Silly Putty, Post-It Notes, Velcro, and potato chips all started out as mistakes that ended up working.

The next time you, or someone you love, makes a mistake try not to fret, worry, or obsess over it. Instead, give thanks for the mistake and what it might offer in the way of instruction or future guidance. Hey, you might even get dinner out of the deal!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

Have you ever made a mistake that turned out to be fortuitous? If so, please leave a comment and share it!

Photo by plasticrevolver used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!

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