Mulligan Day

Today is Mulligan Day. A mulligan is a second chance to do something that typically has gone poorly the first time.

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,

The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”

from John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Maud Muller”

So often in life things don’t go according to plan due to our own actions, someone else, or simply a misalignment in the stars.

What is your typical response when things go wrong?

I often call it a learning experience and try to let any pain, regret or embarrassment go. However I often don’t ask for a second chance, or a mulligan.

Sometimes I want to just move on instead of being vulnerable to things possibly not working out again, having even worse results, or bringing attention to the fact I failed or fell short of expectations.

But what does that show others about me? What do I learn about myself when I am left wondering what might have been?

Asking for a mulligan, although not always appropriate or possible, could demonstrate my resilience, my desire to learn, and potentially make things right depending on the situation.

Today let’s IGNITE OUR SMILES by allowing a mulligan to be our Plan B. Let’s put ourselves out there a bit more today. Let’s stretch towards our goals, towards our best selves, and through our vulnerability knowing that we can ask for a mulligan if things go sideways.

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