Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BadStuff

Bad stuff is gonna happen.  Bad stuff is completely impersonal.  Bad stuff doesn’t discriminate.  It happens to all of us.

Life is not so much about avoiding bad stuff as it is about learning from it.  Our experiences and what we learn from them are the things that ultimately define our lives.  Our experiences (with family, with friends, with antagonists, with events) cause automatic neural mapping to occur in our brains; we call it memory.

Via our memory, we should reflect on the experiences and digest the learning we gain from them.  That learning is what prepares us to handle the next experience with even more skill/grace, which means handling the next round of bad stuff that comes our way a little better, too.

I've heard it said that good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. (Numerous folks have been attributed with articulating that wisdom.)

Life isn’t fair, but it doses out a good bit of bad stuff to all of us.  What we learn from it and how we handle it the next time around is what makes the difference.

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