Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him

It has been a while since my last entry… Life’s been hectic with events appearing from various directions, all at the same time. Some times, we  get excitement out of such incidences. Some times we get fatigues. Regardless of what those experiences were, life continued to flow.  Just like rivers  flowing down the gradient – creating turbulence at one instance, smooth streamline flow at another.

As I was lying down on a tired day, I glanced through the once famous book “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, and found this cliche “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him”. I said to myself, yaaah this is very true.

Consider the routes you took to work, something that you went through almost daily. Can you describe all the details of the scenery  along the way? Perhaps  you might be able to provide vivid description. Perhaps not…

Similarly, we may have gone through so many annual events. What had been learned from such incidences?  Consider a father attending a parent-teacher open day at school. The routines were the same. He  sat down waiting for his turn to get his child’s report card. Once seated opposite the teacher,  he  listened to what the teacher had to say, thanked the teacher and left. The  little boy smiled satisfied, proud to himself. My father took my report card. Did the father learned anything?

In life, there are so many routine things. Sometimes we kept on repeating them without realizing whether or not it was done in the best way….

The next time you were about to do something, pause a while… ask yourself, what am I doing?


About Dr. AA

I am an educator, professional trainer, safety consultant, researcher, social worker, outdoor enthusiast, and a thinker.
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