Happy Accidents

“There are no mistakes. They are happy accidents,” said a painter, Bob Ross. I didn’t understand it at first, but today was an opportunity to reflect on this. I feel I get to meet people from different walks of life. Today was particularly so. I chatted for a long time with folks at a Youtube entertainment management company with my brother. I also took a cerification exam today called Financial Sustainability Accounting on how an investor can use accounting standards to measure effects of intangible assets (brand image, social capital, etc) on a company’s financials. We encounter many different lifestyles or choices daily. We may judge other people’s choices or our own as not “smart” in our own heads, but ultimately each choices were made through each person’s inherent qualities, individual characteristics, and perhaps other cultural factors. And rather than critiquing them, perhaps each one is uniquely beautiful, as they capture the complexity of a human experience. And perhaps we can be easier on our own experiences of what we call “mistakes.” Those each “mistakes” together compose a social ecosystem we build together – a make up a society with a vast array of risks and opportunities. I’d then call them “happy accidents” or really adventures, no less. đź™‚