Sunday, June 3, 2012

Monday Mantra: Learn the Lesson

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: I will learn my lessons

A Butterfly Effect
Norman Duenas
People often wonder why their history repeats. Why they meet the same kinds of people or why bad things keep happening to them. They wonder why they attract the wrong types of guys or end up in the wrong situations, especially when something good happens to someone they know, but not to them.

Why them? Why not me? Why, why, why?

I don't believe that some people are destined for bad scenarios, bad relationships, bad this and that, while others are meant to live the good life. I believe, rather, that everything they've encountered in life has all been given to them as a lesson and that this lesson is specific to them and what they need (or don't need) out of life. It may not be a lesson they like, but a lesson they have to experience. A lesson that will repeat itself in various ways until it is fully learned.

This is the key: A lesson repeated until fully learned.

Life is certainly not an easy thing to navigate. There is no handbook that tells you how to find the perfect job, perfect partner, or even how to lead the perfect life.

This does not exist.

Instead of wishing for this handbook to magically appear before your eyes, I suggest you look at your own life as one very lengthy, yet incredibly important novel.

Over the course of your time here on earth, you will spend countless hours living out the life of the main character in this novel. You will grow, learn, and live fully as this character.  You will also be given various tests to pass before you can move on to the next chapter of your life. These are your lessons.

 If you study enough the first time and, more importantly, grasp the meaning of that particular chapter, you most likely won't fail your test and you'll be able to move on to the next portion of the book. If not, I can almost guarantee that you'll end up with a new homework assignment with which you will be given another test and another chance to try and pass.

Some of us will conquer the tests easily. Some of us will need to spend a lot of time studying and re-reading old chapters. For a few of us, we might even have to get to the very end of the novels of our lives before we fully understand all the chapters that came before. This is neither good nor bad, it just is. The difference, however, is a choice.

We've all had our fair share (maybe more than) of lessons we've needed to learn. How we handle those situations -  what we do during them, with them, after them -  is what makes all the difference.

Do we hold on to regrets, decisions, the past and what it did to us, or do we let go? Do we keep repeating patterns that don't serve our higher selves, or do we move on? Do we let fear, insecurity, and doubt hold us back? Or do we leap and go forth into unknown adventures?

No matter what it might be, the thing to remember is that we ultimately decide.

We decide whether we move forward, back, or stand still.

We get to decide.

Learn from your lessons, look for what they're trying to teach you, then move on to live the next chapter of your life.

Or not. It's up to you.

What will you decide?

Take a moment to think about your life. What lesson are you working on right now? 

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