Forgive self, others for imperfections

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The world of pageantry is often filled with glitz and glamour and on occasion, as the word witnessed Sunday night, controversy.

Host Steve Harvey misread a cue card and announced the wrong winner. Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was crowned and started her walk when Harvey announced that Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzback was actually the winner and Arevalo was first runner up.

In a few brief seconds, Harvey once again proved something that we all know but hate to admit — no one is perfect and we all make mistakes.

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As one local pageant director stated, unfortunately, his mistake was made on international television.

And we ate it up.

Suddenly, everyone seemed to care about the pageant, taking to social media to blast Harvey and in some cases, comment on whom they thought should have won.

Others praised Harvey for correcting his mistake, taking the blame and showing humbleness in doing so.

Did people really care about the winner and losers, or did we instead, delight in seeing someone make such an awful, embarrassing mistake to remind ourselves that even famous people are not infallible?

It is unfortunate that people focus more on the misfortune and mistakes of some rather than delighting in the accomplishments of others. Headlines across the world — as well as in Oxford — are often about the bad things people do — the dirty politician, the racist police officer or the unfortunate football player struggling with fame and addiction — rather than the people who strive to make a difference in our community and the world. Often the most read section of the EAGLE is the crime report.

Are we just heartless beings who are only interested in reading gossip to delight in others misfortune?

Or is just our way to feel a kinship to humans knowing we are all imperfect, and for a brief second, feel better when our mistakes seem to be not so bad when compared to those who make the headlines?

We each go through our day trying to not make mistakes at work to feel the wrath of a boss. We go home, and try to cook the perfect meal and raise the perfect child.

Humans were not made to be perfect and no matter how we strive, it won’t happen. All we can do is do our very best to be the person we can be proud of when we look in the mirror.

During this holiday week, take time to forgive yourself for being human and go easy on others who may make a mistake.