Have you heard that having an attitude of gratitude can improve your life? Or that writing a gratitude journal can make you happier? I've heard that advice, read it, and then heard it again. After trying the journal, I concluded that I must be one of those people for whom that kind of writing is not effective enough to make it worth my time and paper. I sincerely tried appreciativeness exercises but finally returned them to the thankfulness store because they didn't fit.
Now writing about my mistakes! That I could get down with. This blog post about journaling your mistakes caught my eye, connected with my imagination, and satisfied my erring heart and soul. From "Why journal your mistakes?" (The Mistake Bank):
Documenting and reflecting on mistakes isn't easy. It's a discipline that needs to be learned. But think about this: according to the Harvard paper, most people don't learn well from their own mistakes. If you can be one of the few that do, it puts you at a tremendous advantage. That advantage will create opportunities, and allow you to capitalize on them.
As far as I know, there has been no research on the benefits of writing about one's mistakes. Nevertheless, I am going to give it a try and see how it works. Let's see if chronicling boo-boos creates juju.
If penning gratitude is valuable for you, then perhaps you can fold in some mistakes? I suspect that, in the world of diaries, woots and boo-boos are not mutually exclusive.
Note: I am grateful for many things in my life (my level of gaiety, even celebration, can be jarring for true pessimists and worriers), but moments of awe appear spontaneously, often when least expected. Scheduling them, or the memory of them, was counter-productive for me and my nature.