I have made so many mistakes that I stopped counting. To count them only leads to depression, not to the type of repentance that produces real joy. Mistakes can be faced honestly and become our friends, at least in a one way. We learn from our mistakes or we will repeat them. Sometimes we keep making the same mistakes again and again, which creates a deformed, or poorly developed, character. If we overcome our mistakes, by the grace of God, we become more and more like Christ our Lord. Our mistakes can become the portal of true discovery. We can gain true "self knowledge" through the knowledge of God and by the discovery of our mistakes. Learn to enter into the depths of spiritual joy through the portals of your mistakes. You will be much stronger and healthier if you do.