Some lessons must be learned through direct experience. You cannot learn to make a great soup by reading a cookbook, nor can you become a great lover from watching a video. Other lessons can and should be learned by pure wisdom rather than raw experience. Looking back over the great leaps forward of your life, you may notice that you’ve grown enormously through adversity. However, you also may notice that sometimes a little bit of wisdom could have prevented some unpleasant raw experience. The country singer Loretta Lynn once said, “I’d never heard of birth control until I was pregnant with my fourth child.”
There is an intention you can set that will open the maximum “growth space” for you. The intention is to learn those things from experience that absolutely must be learned that way, and to learn those things by wisdom that can be learned that way. While you can’t learn to cook soup by wisdom, neither do you need to spill it on yourself repeatedly if you can learn, by wisdom, to use a spoon instead of a fork.
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – NOVEMBER 19
Say the following commitment in your mind: I commit to learning from experience when necessary, and to learning from wisdom when possible. I commit to learning from wisdom when doing so can prevent unnecessary pain to me and others.
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