For those of us who grew up using a rotary phone with a long curly cord and no Google, the Yellow Pages was the go-to book to find friends, order pizza and look up the number for a plumber.
Did you know that in 1883 when a printer was putting together the regular phone book as usual, he ran out of white paper so he used yellow? And a few years later the Yellow Pages was born.
Something so successful and well known came from a mistake? From a mix up in ordering supplies?
So many things in life don’t happen how we think they are supposed to happen. Forks in the road. Setbacks. Break ups.
As writer S.C. Lourie once said, “Just for the record darling, not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning.”
S.C. Lourie also said, “Be confused, it’s where you begin to learn new things. Be broken, it’s where you begin to heal. Be frustrated, it’s where you begin to make more authentic decisions. Be sad, because if we are brave enough we can hear our heart’s wisdom through it. Be whatever you are right now. No more hiding. You are worthy, always.”
So embrace failure as a chance to learn what you need to know. Accept yourself, flaws and all. No one is perfect. And what you see as a mistake today can lead you to your “Yellow Pages” moment tomorrow.