"Raise you hand if you made a mistake today!" (hands go up all around the circle) "Now, turn to your right or to your left, and use that hand to give someone sitting near you a high five!"
Even in a place like San Francisco, where education is relatively pretty progressive, these kids don't encounter a lot of failure positivity. Because who likes to make mistakes? In the words of a few campers this morning, it's frustrating and irritating and disappointing to realize that you were wrong about something.
But the thing is, when you take the time to reflect on a mistake, reconsider an incorrect assumption, you actually, on a physiological level, forge connections between neurons that weren't there before. It's science!
This knowledge frees us up a little. We know that we have to full steam ahead with our designs and plans, because we don't know what we don't know yet. We put forth sincere effort based on our designs, which are based on our assumptions about the limits of our materials, our space and ourselves. And, sometimes we confront a limit that we didn't know existed, so we have to take a step back and reconsider before we can proceed.
Every day in our whole lives is full of mistakes. But today, we paid special attention to the mistakes we made, in order to try to effect how those mistakes make us feel. It's a great thing to do every once in awhile.