It is through living life, making mistakes and listening to the wisdom of others that we become wise. I love hearing and reading words of wisdom and life lessons learned by others so, while I was at the bookstore this morning, I picked up a book by H. J. Brown: The Complete Live and Learn and Pass It On. In it he compiles the words of lessons learned, wisdom gained and things to avoid from people of all ages.
One from a 7 year-old, who observes, ‘I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk’. To me this can be taken on so many levels! It can mean a very different thing to the seven-year old (who will take it as a lesson on camouflaging his dinner) than it might to somebody later in life who is encountering something distasteful in life (such as an unhappy relationship, a behavior that we don’t like in ourselves, feeling stuck in an emotion that may not be healthy, etc). Hmmm…..
How about, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do,” from a 68-year-old. This is a lesson that we all need to remind ourselves of on a daily basis. With the media and advertising we are exposed to every day, we are bombarded with what others tell us ‘perfection’ and ‘success’ should be and look like. We are ‘shown’ the way we should look and dress, or the car we should drive; the vacation that everyone should take, this seasons must have shoes, and on and on. Instead of thinking we need to be somebody else’s idea of ‘the best’, how would we feel just being ‘the best’ of who we are? If we could just get comfortable in our own skin, that is what is truly beautiful and ‘the best’!
And then, just to end on the lighter side, there is, ‘I’ve learned that my gas tank is always on empty when I’m late for an important meeting!’ Sadly, true…. Some things in life just seem to follow the ‘Murphy’s Law’ philosophy no matter how much we try to pay attention to the details! But then that is what keeps life exciting, and keeps us learning.
On the journey with you…….Kathy