Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Mistakes

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Examine yourselves. 2 Corinthians 13:5a

“Mistakes are great educators when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) in Cancer Ward (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015).

This Russian novelist, Soviet dissident, and outspoken Christiain critic of communism helped to raise global awareness of political repression in the Soviet Union.

He was good at examining the social and political structures. He was also understood the human person.

Elsewhere he said, “The meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul.”

The lesson today linked to generosity is this: examine yourself with an honest and willing heart

Paul and Aleksandr would say, focus not so much on perfection or prosperity but on your mistakes and mindfulness to attend to the growth of your soul.

Mistakes are great educators that generously shape us and the world around us in ways that money can’t buy.