I recently found my new, favorite quote, attributed to award-winning British author, Neil Gaiman. It’s a little long, so I’ll give you the gist of the quote: It’s okay to make mistakes. They mean that you’re alive and challenging yourself, maybe learning something new or making other positive changes for yourself or the world.

I recently found my new, favorite quote, attributed to award-winning British author, Neil Gaiman. It’s a little long, so I’ll give you the gist of the quote: It’s okay to make mistakes. They mean that you’re alive and challenging yourself, maybe learning something new or making other positive changes for yourself or the world.


When I read Gaiman’s words, I recalled hearing something similar all my life. I’ll write it the way it was said to me, using incorrect spelling and grammar. "Cain’t never could do nothin’."


My folks often voiced that simple phrase after I’d whine "I cain’t" in my still-prominent drawl. They’d use it to convince me that I was able to do my chores, be good, be quiet, pick the stickers out of my foot, put a critter back where I found it or wash behind my ears.


Normally, after hearing that phrase plus the very real threat of a peach tree switch, I’d do what was asked.


As it turns out, I could do those things. Sometimes I’d accomplish the feats without a hitch. Sometimes I’d make mistakes, like when I didn’t pick up rocks BEFORE mowing. I ruined TWO sets of lawnmower blades in one day. OK. It took me a little longer to catch on, but I finally did.


As a child, I’d hesitate on some things but eventually try them because "Cain’t never could do nothin’." Whether the outcome was good or bad, it was always learning experience.


As an adult, I seem to have lost that daring, determined spirit. Years of being programmed to be cautious, not to take chances, not to risk failure for fear of disapproval from whomever have resulted in my becoming stagnate — "a stick in the mud" as the old saying goes. I’m glad that didn’t happen to Henry Ford and other successful people who overcame failures and obstacles before succeeding.


Gaiman’s quote sparked that childhood spirit in me once again. I’m not sure what new things I may try — indoor skydiving, learning Spanish or more volunteerism — but I’m going to do something. I’ll take Gaiman’s advice to heart.


"Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough or it isn’t perfect."



Happy birthday Sunday to Jessie Brown, and Honey Minshew, both of Sherman; Chad Wilks of Luella; Barbara Willingham Theriot of Foley, Mo.; James Spradley of Irving; Markus Lawhorn of Colbert, Okla.


Happy anniversary Sunday to Ronnie and Sharie Gaines of Allen, 23 years.