How do we learn the biggest life lessons? Through experience, of course.

I stumbled across this poem again as I was tidying up some files on my laptop recently. I’m not sure when I’d first come across it, but I’d obviously loved it so much, I’d decided to keep it for another day.

Life lessons

Reading through it again now, it resonates so much with some of the ideas and concepts I’m trying to get across within Age Life Balance.

We don’t always get things right first time, nor the second time. But though experience and attention, we can learn different ways. A better way.

Autobiography in five short chapters by Portia Nelson

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place
but, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

V

I walk down another street.

 

Wrap-up.

Obviously, this is an over simplification, but what a powerful metaphor for life lessons! There are so many examples that I personally can apply this too.

What if collectively we learned such life lessons?

Can you imagine what an awesome difference this could make to our lives and the whole world, too?

 

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