“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Experience can be the toughest teacher of all. I’d certainly prefer to learn the hard stuff from the experience of others. And sometimes I get to. But, other times I get to learn from my own life experiences, sometimes even from times I fail.
When I’m going through a difficult experience it helps to remember that “this too shall pass.” And, best of all, to continually remind myself: what can I learn from this?
“Sorrow comes in great waves...but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.” -Henry James