So when it comes to mistakes, we pretty much get to choose what they do to us. They can either define us, which is human nature, or they can refine us. Our mistakes can only remain negative if they don't make us better on a personal level.
We all know people who make the same mistakes over and over again. Quite frankly, we're often shocked at the lack of common sense in some people to repeat their errors. But let's face it, we're all guilty of this at times over particular issues. Like an addict, we sometimes need to hit rock bottom to finally stop repeating our mistakes.
Dr. Phil once said in so many words, that there are probably millions of young people whose years of happiness were stunted or sometimes ended, because their parents kept repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and that is of bailing their children out of trouble. Their human nature makes them want to protect them by softening the landing when their children make mistakes, but sometimes they must accept watching the carnage of the crashing and burning because it might be their children's only hope of truly learning from their mistakes and turning their lives around.
So the bottom line is that we should be happy because it is truly our choice. Will our mistakes define us or refine us? Will we not succumb time and time again to human nature and instead pursue a higher calling? Every person in our lives (i.e. family, friends, co-workers, etc.), are impacted by this very decision. It's actually an easy decision but the problem is that if something is easy to do it's also easy not to do. There are many things about our lives that we can't control but assigning a value to our mistakes is one of them. Let's learn from our mistakes, forgive ourselves for making them, and then become better because of them. I believe this would make our Father very proud.