Relaxing day, relaxing day! I had to say that twice as I was so excited to actually wake up this morning and do something that I wanted to do. And that was absolutely nothing. You have no idea how good it felt to just wake up this morning knowing that there was really nothing that had to be accomplished today.
By the time I was cognizant enough to start enjoying the day, I could hear the pre-game commentary for today's NBA games. Like some people I missed the NBA during the lockout and I am pretty glad to have some more options on television. To me there's no better way to relax than being lazy and watching some great basketball games on tv.
I didn't think that I was going to be writing anything today, but you never know what may end up on the brain after you watch a little tv or talk to a few people. And I am notorious for letting a little thought manifest into more than a few paragraphs. So I figured I may as well see what's on the brain and try to make sense of it.
I am still trying to work on using all my experiences in life as teaching tools for myself or others. A friend was telling me last night about a saying that his grandmother always used to say, "You are going to experience everything that life has to offer." For awhile he always had to ask how and then she said, "You will, just keep living." I can honestly tell you that was exactly the message I needed to hear last night.
Believe it or not, I have not been in the holiday spirit and I am guilty of being a BAH HUMBUGGER the last couple of days. I don't think I am wired to be that way, but I think some experiences with some people recently have changed my mindset a little. For a moment I lost sight of who I was and what was important to me and wasn't using those experiences as learning/teaching opportunities.
So how did I get back on track? I was reminded by people close to me about all of our experiences in life and their purpose. Our experiences have shaped our character and later on test our character. I realized that if we aren't building the foundation strong enough when the time comes to be tested then we don't feel up to it and compromise on some things.
Are there any experiences you are proud of? Are you sharing your failures/successes? Are you still learning? Do you know the value of your experience(s)?
Every interaction, moment, and person gives you an experience that has some value to you. With maturity you learn to use these experiences to your advantage. You can make the choice to be merely defined by your experiences, but life begins when you build on them to make things happen for yourself or others.
The experiences that I have enjoyed with you over the years continue to bring me closer to being the man that I am striving to be. I can only thank you for the things that you have given me over time. I can't put a value on it, but you should know that I appreciate it all.
“If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.” John Heywood
“There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.” Tom Krause
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”
“A man's errors are his portals of discovery.” James Joyce
“I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life's experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life's experiences would be a great mistake.” Luis Miguel
“One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune” William Edward Hartpole Lecky
“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” Stan Smith
“Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.” Dan Stanford