Live, … and Learn

“Live, and learn!” is an apt mantra for a better endings point of view.  What else, right?  When we immerse ourselves in life with all its joys and sorrows, we recognize how all our experiences come bearing gifts: lessons of love for carrying forth as we wind our way to greater awareness and the freedom that accompanies wisdom.  Of course, some of the experiences we encounter are terrible burdens; harsh or even brutal by comparison with the joyful boons, times of laughter and positivity.  Still in all, focusing this mantra of Live, and Learn empowers us with the agency to meet our challenges, even deep losses of the heart, with gratitude for the lessons learned that lead us to be more adept in our own lives, to evolve.

I do not expect everyone to be on the same page with me on this one; I respect that deeply and do feel compassion and sympathy for the horrendous hardships any of us might encounter in this all too unstable world.  Just this week, with Ukrainians under attack from an imperialist rogue nation and with so many needing to flee as refugees, clearly it is not the time to chant the mantra “Live, and Learn.” Or is it?

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Life certainly brings crushing defeats which can lead to anger, mistrust and fear for continuing and future woes.   To focus on the ‘lessons’ inherent in any challenge simply means to look for what one CAN DO in the face of hardship or loss; it is an act of self-empowerment such as I do see in the actions and faces of those brave Ukrainians either choosing to stay and fight, or finding a means to remove their children, at least for the short run, from a war-torn state.

“Live, and learn” does not mean to dismiss or try to bury pain.  It just means there is always that next step to take, resources to find and accept, a light at the end of the tunnel, and a way—with the will—to   carry forth.

Peace to the world.


For a final week of probing the topic of Acceptance as a pathway to genuine happiness, I am left with the awareness that what I cannot or should not accept is important too. To clear space and time for creative or productive activities, sometimes it is helpful to remove clutter and to improve existing conditions. This calls for right discrimination or practicing discernment and then acting to correct or sometimes to detach from situations or conditions which are creating clutter or ‘noise’.

Agency is the capacity to act in accordance with one’s awareness and understanding of life conditions. Agency is a causal property of the individual, a matter of being Cause rather than effect, a matter of accepting responsibility for one’s choices and acting accordingly.

It is not always easy or even graceful, for me at least, to know when to bend or when to release so that growth can occur. This seems an appropriate topic for the autumn season. Trees in the area I live in now are at their peak of fall colors, releasing their beautiful leaves to prepare for enduring the winds and storms of winter.

I am reminded of St. Francis’s famous poem:



God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change those things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.


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