Really? This Is A Lesson?
Michael H. Ballard, a man of resilience, will be the featured Contributor today and as I read his piece again, doing some formatting, finding pictures, etc to complement it before posting later this afternoon, several thoughts were buzzing in my mind.
The central point was – life lessons, are they things that just happen to us from which we learn or are they fated, destiny coordinated by life to correct our willful ways? With me, one question always leads to a million so as I focussed on the meaning of those two words – “life lessons,” it was not too long before my thoughts went to the question, “Is there a God sitting somewhere watching us and taking stock of how well we learn the lessons designed for us?”
No Pain, No Gain?
Later this afternoon, Michael will share another of his snippets about growing up in Ontario, Canada and the lessons he learned along the way from family members, teachers and even a strange kid in the hospital bed next to his. Today’s story is from one of his greatest teachers, most likely, his Dad. Without giving away too much about his post, reading it caused me to think even more whether “life lessons,” are most likely painful events, one in which we experience losses or grief? Or could they be ‘responding” to what is most significant in your life at any given time?
Take the story in this video as an example. The guy is going about his business, at the top of his game apparently, making deals and looking smart. Then, wham! A lesson slides itself into the picture. Have a watch:
Why would this happen to him? He did not deserve it, did he? Do we deserve the things that happen to us or did our “vibe” attract the experience and from it flowed a lesson? So many questions this morning and you are welcome to share your comments with me below.
Not All “Lessons” Are Painful
Then there are these two other stories, again about people going about their business, planning a wedding and sitting on a bus trying to get home after a busy day. Up pop life lessons.
This time, they were not riddled with pain but insight – powerful ones at that. In one article, the author tells the tale of how she learned to be satisfied with what she has – and she had a lot already. My eyes scanned my fairly large kitchen/dining room as I read it, provoked into considering whether my satisfaction with what I have is where it “ought” to be or if a lesson is up ahead?
We spend too much of our lives being dissatisfied because we found out there was something just a little bit nicer out there, and not nearly enough time being satisfied with what we have. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting nicer things – I think they motivate us to work harder in order to have them, which is a good thing! But we can’t get so caught up in it that we end up dissatisfied and unhappy. (Amy Reese Anderson)
Check out Ms Reese Anderson’s article here, as well read “7 Inspiring Lessons From A Blind Stranger,” and share with me what have you learned recently through adversity or while you were getting your nails done. See, that is where I am at for now on this life lesson question. Yesterday, I mentioned on a colleague’s blog that my late countryman Bob Marley has these lines in one of his songs that just about summarizes how we learn, grow and evolve through this experience called life. We touched on it in a recent post as well and it is this:
Life is one big road with lots of signs – Bob Marley
Learn fast, read the signs then graduate!
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