Mistakes

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Once many years ago in the small Western town, an elderly preacher and an equally elderly attorney were reflecting upon mistakes they had made over the years in their respective professions and how they dealt with them.

The lawyer boasted that, as he was a legal man, if he made a really big mistake he just shuffled a few papers, spoke with the judge, and covered everything up. If it was a small mistake, then he just ignored it.

"How do you do it, preacher," asked the lawyer.

"Well," began the country parson, "if it is a really large mistake, I turn to the Lord and ask forgiveness."

The attorney interrupted, "But what about small mistakes. How do you handle them?"

"It's like this," continued the preacher, "just last Sunday something happened. During my sermon I was quoting Jesus from the gospel where he said,

"Ye are of your father the devil; he was a liar from the beginning."

Instead I said,

"Ye are of your father the devil; he was a lawyer from the beginning."

The lawyer, much overcome with indignation, retorted,

"How did you handle that one?"

The parson replied,

"It was such a small mistake that I just ignored it and went on ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."

- Frank Lloyd Wright (18691959), US architect