We make mistakes, but we are not a mistake.

Accepting our own humanity is fundamental to sobriety and our emotional reconstruction. Cognitive restructuring, or thinking differently, is part of that emotional reconstruction. In other words, we need to keep correcting our stinking thinking. Thinking we are one big mistake because we make mistakes is a form of stinking thinking. There is no reason to self-flagellate just because we make mistakes. All we can do is to try to learn from mistakes and move on. We are human, not a mistake. 


Today I will repeat the phrase, "I make mistakes, but I am not a mistake." I will accept this part of my Humanity before I pick up a drink or drug to escape from myself because drinking or drugging will only cause me to turn mistakes into trouble.