Life is full of challenges, and we tend to label these as good or bad. What if we considered them neither? What if we simply allowed all experiences to play out without giving them a value judgment? We make countless mistakes on a regular basis. If we were to categorize these events and label each as good or bad and stacked them away on a shelf, would the good containers outnumber the bad ones?
I recall learning to play the trumpet. I made plenty of mistakes — too many to mention. But, had I given up, I never would have known any measure of success. Our lives are filled with many trials, and we often overcome these trials not through perfect performance, but because we fail and try again. If we were to go back to our storage room and look through the boxes that we categorized as bad, we might be surprised to learn that as we look back over the situations, we might change our minds and move many of the boxes from the “Bad Experiences” shelf and place them on the “Good Experiences” shelf. We might even be able to laugh at some of the things that once seemed like such a big deal.
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