Life is a Teacher in and of Itself; we learn daily through the forge of experience. How often have you said, “at least I learned something” about an experience in your life that may not have turned out exactly as you had planned for or expected it would?
“Chalk it up to experience!” we say.
“Live and learn”
“It was a learning experience”
“I’ll know better next time”
Then there’s the infamous:
“No pain, no gain!”
This week, I invite you to celebrate Life’s Lessons. Large or small, long term or short term, what “Life Lessons” have you gathered as gems of experience along the road or Labyrinth of your Life Path so far?
Make a list of some of your Key Life Lessons, organized however you choose. Then I encourage you to choose one of these to journal about; let that be a Life Lesson that feels relevant to your understanding of an experience with which you are currently engaged.
Let me try this life mapping Tool myself as an example. I will list some of my own Life Lessons and make note of the source of some of these.
- Always Give UP, Always Surrender (to Spirit and Higher Consciousness; learned through contemplative inner guidance)
- Patience is a Virtue (DM; this one has clearly stood the test of Time!)
- The turtle only makes progress when she sticks her neck out. (from a ceramic figurine I had as a teen)
- Love all with unconditional love but reserve your warm sentiments for those you can trust to return that friendship deeply. (School of hard knocks; a spiritual principle)
- Drive the car; don’t let it drive you. (My father, teaching me to drive)
- “When you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” (a Goethe quote on a poster I once gave to my sister)
- “Way Will Out” (a Quaker expression learned from a friend.)
Way Will Out
This is the Life Lesson that feels most relevant to my current experience this week as I am confronted with a question concerning copyright matters with an element in my book manuscript as I prepare it to go to the publishers. I had adapted a set of techniques I thought would be helpful in the book, but after a conversation yesterday followed by some sincere contemplation, I realize there is a GIFT in this experience. The GIFT is that I will redesign these elements completely to present wholly new techniques that are more directly grounded in a central feature of the overall approach in the book. This will be of even greater value than what I had before because they will add substance to a more coherent, fully unique “process.” The original concepts were in retrospect merely place holders until I could arrive at this awareness, and the timing has been perfect as it is just now that I am editing this section of the manuscript.
“Way Will Out,” to me, has always been a very calming proposition. It says to RELEASE any sense of conflict or concern, to Trust in the Universe or Spirit, and to act accordingly, with good intent. It works!
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Print out this post if you would like to write in the space given below a list of Key Life Lessons in your life and an account of how ONE of these is relevant Now. (I invite you to send your own story here if you would like me to post it for others to read.)
List Your Life Lessons:
Journal about the Relevance of ONE of these Life Lessons to your experience Now: