Some days are hectic and some are relaxing. Each one carries a potential lesson for us. It is up to us to ponder, meditate and discover the lesson. Some of life’s lessons are hard, others are easy. Some lessons are learned through one experience, and others seem to take a lifetime.
Quite a few times I have found myself having the same experience, learning the same lesson. It’s on those days that I am tempted to be harsh on myself. Why can’t I figure it out the first, or second or even third time around.
Self criticism doesn’t help. The key for me is to be open to change, be open to growth, be open to other ideas. Relationships should come first. They bring me lasting joy.
Failure is a part of learning. Valuable lessons are learned when we don’t succeed. I learned this very well growing up as a competitive ice skater. Falling down is a part of daily practice. My coaches said if I wasn’t falling down, I wasn’t trying to learn something new. I was only doing things that I had already achieved success doing.
Applying this lesson about failure can be awkward and sometimes embarrassing, but I do know that it does take practice time to learn anything. It has been said that it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any skill.
The days full of hard things and crisis have taught me that I am stronger than I thought. I have more resilience than I would have believed. Wisdom is gained by experience.
Roy T. Bennett in his book, ‘The Light of the Heart,’ said, “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” Wise words to live by.
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