Ugly Swans

Losses and mistakes are like ugly ducklings.

At first, we don’t even realize we’ve made a mistake.

Then, we’re forced to confront it. It obviously turned out ugly.

It looks really bad.

We run away.

We curse the ugly mistake and wish it were different.

We try to forget about it.

When we come back later and look at it again, the mistake has changed.

Maybe we’ve changed too.

Often that mistake — just like the ugly duckling — turns out to be the start of something beautiful.