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DAILY CHOICE: Experienced vs. Inexperienced

Experienced vs. Inexperience

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REFLECTION:

To what do we owe experience? Mostly time. Sometimes place or privilege. Recording life is not the same as living life, but merely a dampened down safe substitute. Experience can be, often is painful. Count on a few scars. It’s a rocky road to maturity, with courage rising with each step. Standing still bequeaths no strength. Momentum is required. No one gets there overnight. Experience is skills and learning built on other skills and learnings. First walk, then fly. Experience is not a list of happenings but rather the effect of the happenings on one human life. While there may be nothing new, to you, it’s new. And each time the learning must be extracted. Just because someone else walked the road doesn’t mean she walked it for you. Take your own path, not in dreams but in the flesh. Grow into yourself and then grow out of yourself. Begin a taker and become a giver.

MUSES:

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
George Bernard Shaw

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars!
Elbert Hubbard

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Bob Dylan

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

There is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9

Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.
Havelock Ellis

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