You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon European sites
Many of us have tried many things in our lives – what is surprising is how often we keep on trying a thing, even though we know what the result will be.
We often get into our heads a way of behavioral that we believe we should aspire to, and try to live to that example.
Sometimes that can be a great thing if what we aspire to is truly a good way of living.
We can try to live to a code of behavior that we recognize as being of the highest value, and to so strive is a worthwhile thing.
But when we fail to live up to that high standard – and, as fallible human beings we are likely to fall short from time to time – we may have set ourselves up for guilt and sadness.
If we have a high ideal and have tried to live up to it, that in itself shows our worth; even if we fail, we are not failures.
However, at other times we may have tried some things that we could not class as high ideals.
We may want to find happiness, and try over and over to find it in the bottom of a bottle, or a handful of pills, or even in a doughnut.
And whilst we may find some happiness there, the joy soon dissipates, and we find ourselves just as unhappy and unfulfilled.
The problem is not that we tried it, but that we keep on trying it, expecting a different outcome the next time.
Having tried something that only worked for a short time, why do we repeat that experiment over and over?
At heart I believe it is because we don’t really learn the lesson that we should – these things may appear to help, but they do not solve any problems.
Having tried something that does not work, the wisest person will learn from that action, and move on to try something else.
None of us can expect to never make a mistake – the only way to never make a mistake is to never make anything – the flaw comes when we fail to learn from what we have tried.
The path we are on will have us try many ways, and even a dead-end can teach us something.