In my earlier years whenever I had a negative experience where I got hurt or wounded, I would look back on that event and beat up on myself for making a mistake.
But as I look back on these events now I realize that there really are no "mistakes." Each of these events had a purpose behind it. I just wasn't wise enough or did not have the expanded vision and perspective to comprehend the meaning behind those experiences.

In this incarnation I have been a dishwasher, economist, law clerk, paralegal, secretary, word processor, telemarketer, network systems administrator, program manager, project manager, Tier 3 Customer Support, buyer/purchasing agent, etc. and now I find myself being a healer, teacher and artist. And all these jobs have helped to get me where I am today...

I really believe that everything we do and everyone we meet helps or serves us in some way even if we do not feel that it does so at the time. Our souls guide our lives far more than we consciously realize.

However, I do wish that I had been kinder to myself when I was younger and less critical and less prone to beating up on myself. This truly never served me in any way but to get to share this wisdom with y'all. Laughing out loud!

Author's Bio: 

Bill Austin is a spiritual healer, teacher, artist, writer and visionary living in St Petersburg, Florida in the United States. Bill specializes in healing, spiritual growth, healing art and healer training. He is the founder of several Reiki healing modalities. He has trained healers in over sixteen countries and has helped people from all over the world to heal, grow, succeed and realize more of their full potential. Bill infuses healing and enlightenment energies into healing art images and has created a line of self help book. You can click on this link to download a free Vibrational Color Healing Art E-Book. He offers a number of free spiritual healing resources on his holistic healing blog.