We should not hold people to their “mistakes” of the past if they have changed or are showing signs that they are willing to change for the better. We too would not like others to hold us to our “mistakes” if we have grown and move on from the state that we were in at the time of the “mistake”. In other words, allow others the space to change for the better and try to understand them from their current, changed state and not from their previous state. Doing so also shows growth on our end. See the post on “Emotional Maturity” for more on this.
While it’s important for us to focus and work on our dreams, it’s equally important for us to enjoy the process to getting there, one moment at a time. Being grateful for where we are in the process helps us to be in that state where we can enjoy the moment and hence enjoy the process. Patience comes from enjoying the moment. Impatience comes from focusing only on the dreams and ignoring the joy that can come from the process.
It’s beneficial to us when we say to another that we are sorry if our action toward them was not of our highest form as it would not have produced the results that was in alignment with our highest aspirations. Saying that we are sorry gives us a second chance to achieve that optimal results. Remember, we are all a work in progress.