Posts Tagged ‘Experience’

PostHeaderIcon EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER

By Vernalee
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Yes, experience is the best teacher! No, I am not singing R&B singer’s Miki Howard’s song that speaks about the same subject. She does have some serious vocal pipes though! I am simply echoing a truism. For sure, I am a proponent of the fact that we are taught many lessons that we learn in this life. Failures often are the best teachers. We get better and learn from our mistakes. And of course, I remember the old ladies in Mississippi saying, “You can’t tell that child a thing. She has to buy her sense.” Nonetheless, that is what experience does. The key is that we have to push our emotions out of the way and learn from them; which is easier said than done.
Experience, though a simple word, means different things to different people. However, in its most pristine form, experience is the “practical contact with and observation of facts or event; or to encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence). Experience is also the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.” There are various forms of experiences that we derive from physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, religious, social, virtual simulation, and other settings.
Whether we call it, training, maturity, practice, or encounters, experience is valuable.
It is safe to assume that we will learn more from things that happen to us in real life than from hearing about them or studying things that happen to other people. In streets terms, we call that “learnt” sense, which is different from the “bought” sense that borders on advice; and “I told you so.” Sometimes, I guess we just have to fall down to know what it feels like to pick ourselves up.
Everyone has chimed in on the experience relatedness. Remember these.
• Some things you won’t understand until it happens to you.
• Your best teacher is your last mistake.
• Only the journey matters.
• The only source of knowledge is experience.
• A mind that is stretched by experience can never go back to its old
dimensions.
• Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.
• Experience is simply the name that we give to our mistakes.
Whether we discount these phrases as just being expressions of the time, we cannot deny that this is what experience does:
1. We learn from experience.
2. Experience teaches us what we want and what we don’t want.
3. Experience transforms us into professionals.
4. Experiences are extremely impressionable.

We must be careful that we don’t allow our experiences in life to negatively affect our heart. Bitterness, hatred, and anger can walk through our doors easily. Replacing them with joy, love, and happiness are optimal. Our experiences have probably shown us that the latter scenario is the better one.
Every problem comes in our life to make us or break us. The choice is ours whether we become victims or victors.
Victories and success sound good to me! Agreed?
Stop! See what your experiences have taught you!
Photo credit: www.;etscelebrateourlife.blogspot.com; Source: www.heatherhuhman.com; www.searchquotes.com

PostHeaderIcon ONLY THE WEARER KNOWS WHERE THE SHOE PINCHES

By Vernalee
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There is an old Indian proverb that says you never know a man’s problems until you walk in his moccasins. In like manner, “only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.” Said differently, no one except the person who is experiencing it knows the cause of a trouble or difficulty. His/her behavior may not be understood by others who have not been similarly situated.
In simple terms, the wearer of the shoe can feel the area where it pinches, because the shoes are on his/her feet. The broader explanation is that only the person who is suffering can feel the pain. You can explain it to another person, but it may be difficult to specifically quantify the pain. Similarly, when you are struggling to solve a problem, its magnitude is more pronounced to you than others.
I share with you a few remarkable quotes/proverbs/sayings in the spirit of my topic whose words have comforted me over the years. Even if you are barefooted, I believe you can relate.
1. If you escape from the lion’s den, why go back for your hat.
2. People will never truly understand something until it happens to them.
3. It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
4. A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
5. A clean glove often hides a dirty hand.
6. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
7. Faults are thick where love is thin.
8. Elegance is all in the mind of the wearer.
9. To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
10. It is the one who lives in the house who knows where the roof leaks.
11. Stars can’t shine without darkness.
12. An old broom knows the dirty corners best.
13. I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
14. A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.
15. If the shoe fits, buy it in every color.
For certain, intentions lead to actions and actions produce effects.
It all starts with intentions – be they good or bad. My happiness has always been centered on making others happy.
Somewhere along the way, I learned to include my happiness in the mix.
Fair?
I seem to step better when happiness abounds.
Sure, there have been days that I have stumbled and fell. There have been other days that my rhythm has been off, but I kept on “a stepping.”
Alright, I can rattle on for days.
No kidding!
Those of you who know me know that I am never short of words, but I will stop here.
I must take a break. I must rest, sit a spell, and get off my feet. My shoes that have walked me through tight life circumstances have pinched my feet and my spirit.
I must take them off. My feet hurt!
I will lace up, tie my shoestrings, and be off and running after I catch my breath.
You simply can’t keep an old, or shall I say a mature horse out of the race. We may not be the fastest, but because of our life experiences, we are familiar with the track!
We have walked the course many times!
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PostHeaderIcon EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER

By Vernalee
thn0mdg863
Yes, experience is the best teacher! No, I am not singing R&B singer’s Miki Howard’s song that speaks about the same subject. She does have some serious vocal pipes though! I am simply echoing a truism. For sure, I am a proponent of the fact that we are taught many lessons that we learn in this life. Failures often are the best teachers. We get better and learn from our mistakes. And of course, I remember the old ladies in Mississippi saying, “You can’t tell that child a thing. She has to buy her sense.” Nonetheless, that is what experience does. The key is that we have to push our emotions out of the way and learn from them; which is easier said than done.
Experience, though a simple word, means different things to different people. However, in its most pristine form, experience is the “practical contact with and observation of facts or event; or to encounter or undergo (an event or occurrence). Experience is also the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.” There are various forms of experiences that we derive from physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, religious, social, virtual simulation, and other settings.
Whether we call it, training, maturity, practice, or encounters, experience is valuable.
It is safe to assume that we will learn more from things that happen to us in real life than from hearing about them or studying things that happen to other people. In streets terms, we call that “learnt” sense, which is different from the “bought” sense that borders on advice; and “I told you so.” Sometimes, I guess we just have to fall down to know what it feels like to pick ourselves up.
Everyone has chimed in on the experience relatedness. Remember these.
• Some things you won’t understand until it happens to you.
• Your best teacher is your last mistake.
• Only the journey matters.
• The only source of knowledge is experience.
• A mind that is stretched by experience can never go back to its old
dimensions.
• Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.
• Experience is simply the name that we give to our mistakes.
Whether we discount these phrases as just being expressions of the time, we cannot deny that this is what experience does:
1. We learn from experience.
2. Experience teaches us what we want and what we don’t want.
3. Experience transforms us into professionals.
4. Experiences are extremely impressionable.

We must be careful that we don’t allow our experiences in life to negatively affect our heart. Bitterness, hatred, and anger can walk through our doors easily. Replacing them with joy, love, and happiness are optimal. Our experiences have probably shown us that the latter scenario is the better one.
Every problem comes in our life to make us or break us. The choice is ours whether we become victims or victors.
Victories and success sound good to me! Agreed?
Stop! See what your experiences have taught you!
Photo credit: www.;etscelebrateourlife.blogspot.com; Source: www.heatherhuhman.com; www.searchquotes.com

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