“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw
If you haven’t heard by now, Ryan Lochte was almost attacked by two protestors who rushed the stage last night on the season premier of Dancing With the Stars. Like the rest of the nation, I was shocked, saddened and disheartened by the incident. You can read the details, and see unaired footage of last night’s show here.
The producers of the show obviously decided on a pro-active approach to possible negative reactions to Ryan’s mistake, by openly acknowledging it when Tom Bergeron first introduced him. Ryan was a real trooper, wearing an uncomfortable yet brave smile, and it was clear that he’s making a sincere effort to get past his mistake and move on.
Take a look at what he had to say on the subject to Ellen Degeneres last Friday, before Monday’s season premiere. He also got some great advice from Michael Phelps:
Unfortunately, when we make mistakes, not everyone is willing to live and let live – there are always people who want to hold on the past. That’s their stuff to deal with, not yours.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
– Wayne Dyer
Our mistakes do not define us, they are not who we are. As I’ve said so many times, we’re here for the experience, and like all experiences, we grow from them. Like Phelps’ said, “it’s not what you did, but what you do now that will shape who you are.” So, take heart Ryan, most of us are only interested in seeing how you can dance. Your mistake is not who you are.
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
– Wayne Dyer
If you’re facing circumstances similar to Ryan, keep going, and don’t worry about what others think of you; it’s none of your business what they think anyway. Keep striving to be the best version of yourself – your light will shine.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!