the error of (one's) ways

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the error of (one's) ways

What has been wrong, hurtful, or unfair about one's behavior or way of life. He'll never see the error of his ways if he keeps being rewarded for the bad decisions he's made. I'm afraid it took me too long to realize the error of my ways. But it's not too late for you.
See also: error, of, way

the ˌerror of your ˈways

(formal or humorous) what is wrong and should be changed about the kind of life you are leading: While he was in prison, a social worker visited him in an attempt to make him see the error of his ways.
See also: error, of, way
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A few years ago, many members of my church and I realized the error of our ways in not according our gay brothers and sisters the same respect and dignity we expect to give to the rest of our community.
Do you think that we will see the error of our ways, like, as you mentioned, Europe and Japan have done?
I think we're already seeing the error of our ways. You mentioned the companies that are now doing recycling--often the executives' spouses are members of some environmental organization.