The Mistakes

Restored on 8/15/2008

Do not punish mistakes. They are the teachers of us.

Do not avoid mistakes. Fools who think they can learn no more are the only ones who do so.

Rejoice that you are not perfect.

Show your imperfection but do not flaunt it. It keeps you from pride.

Reflect on your mistakes. They polish the mirror of your soul.

Do not fault those without a plan. Do not fault those without a structure.

The fish do not schedule their days.

The river does not flow straight as a line.

The Tree[1] does not grow to a grid.

The Maker sees goodness in them.

[1] The meaning here seems to be the Great Tree of Possibilities, implying that the entire universe runs without a grand schedule, so don’t worry if you don’t.

Do not fault those who have gambled. Do not devalue them for it. Remember.

Ainehm gambled on races and lost. He lived a humble life and the Maker saw it.

Elath lost on the battles of slaves. But he saw his deeper mistake and redeemed himself.

The Maker forgave Dhoram though he bet on wars of others and of D’ni.

The Maker sees the soul and the face[2]. It was killing others which Dhoram and Elath had to repent.

[2] Similar saying to how we might say “facade”. As in, God sees both your soul and your facade, your exterior.

Do not fault those who drink. Help them gain forgiveness from the Maker.

In despair it is often drunk.

To despair it often leads.

In despair it often ends.

The Maker sees and helps. Do not belittle those who are in need.

Do not fault those who leave their spouses for it is often men who dictate love. Remember.

Yulahm waited thirty years for an unfaithful man and left him for one who truly loved her.

The Maker sees no due to the people’s arrangements. He sees only those who truly love.

The Maker faults those who marry for profit. The Maker faults those who force others into marriage.

The Maker rewards those who need no cord[3].

[3] This probably means the cord that binds the couple on the fifth day, though it seems difficult to imagine the D’ni approving a joining ceremony without the joining bit. I think this is more an emotional point than factual, which fits the book’s purpose as a spiritual “pick-me-up”.