On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, my employees and I were in a hurry to submit a bid on a major contract before the close of business that day. In the process of rushing to finish in time, we overlooked one part of the bid. As a result we mistakenly submitted our proposal with a placeholder number of $10,000 for one line item of the work. The actual cost for that line item was $260,000. If that amount had been properly included in our proposal, the incorrect bid of $540,000 would have been $790,000.
When this substantial error was discovered, I was dismayed and immediately called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me and my business. She listened to the explanation of my company’s mistake with a sympathetic ear. Then she pointed me to something Mary Baker Eddy wrote, which spoke right to my situation: “How is a mistake to be rectified? By reversal or revision,—by seeing it in its proper light, and then turning it or turning from it.
“We undo the statements of error by reversing them” (Unity of Good, p. 20).