Long positive from a brief negative

“I didn’t know.”

“I made a mistake.”

“I tried and failed.”

“I was wrong.”

“I apologize.”

For all but the most egregious transgressions, most statements like those refer to something that happened in a comparatively brief period of time. Maybe even in an instant.

But the learning, growth, and resilience that those moments serve up on the other side can last a lifetime.

If you’re dealing with a brief negative, do what it takes to turn it into a long positive.