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Learn Your Lesson!

Have you heard the quote: ”Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”? From the best I can tell, this quote most likely comes from the writer and philosopher George Santayana, and in it’s original form he said: ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he studied under the philosophers William James and Josiah Royce. He later became a professor in philosophy at Harvard.

Santayana’s philosophy, in a nutshell teaches that ”History repeats itself!” Ancient philosophy teaches that life is a spiral that presents us with lessons and when we fail to learn the lesson life presents, then life has a way of bringing the lesson back around again and again, until we do get it. It may be in the same form or in a totally different form, but its purpose is always the same, it is to instruct, grow and develop us into all we are created for.

”What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiates 1:9

When things in life are not working, then there is something for us to learn. Failure to learn has consequences and will cost us something. When something is not working in our life, then we need to take this as an indication that there are parts of our mind, body and spirit that need integration.

This requires that we take on our ego, because we are so much more than what we have, what we do or who people think we are. If we are paying attention then this life is trying to teach us something. When we get what it’s teaching us, then we are heading to an amazing place.

What is this life trying to teach you? How are you going to learn from your mistakes? When will you start making decisions to integrate your life? Where are you heading with your decision or indecision? Why are you waiting? Seize the now, learn your lesson and grow your life! You will be glad you did…

10 Questions!

Life Is Amazing! Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I read a book by Leo Buscagalia called “Living, Loving & Learning!”  I then had the opportunity via PBS to hear him lecture on a number of different occasions.  A few weeks ago, I came across a hardback copy of “Loving Each Other!” and it took me back to those magical days, when I made some great strides in my spiritual journey.

Intersections! I grew up in Church and had been taught the Scriptures from a very early age.  I knew the teachings of Jesus and they had challenged and changed my life.  When I heard Leo Buscaglia, his teaching helped me to take what I had been taught and exercise it in the daily living of my life.  He helped me to put feet to my faith!

The Amazing Gift Of Love! This amazing love that has been given to me as a gift is something that I get to share and in its sharing, love becomes so much more powerful and meaningful!  Below are a few questions that Dr. Buscaglia challenges us to think about.  These are not his exact questions, but my adaptation of some of the encouragement and challenge that I have received from his teaching and writing. I would encourage you to ask yourself these questions every day as you embark on this journey called life!   I hope you enjoy and learn to love and be loved!

1.) Did I share happiness or did I steal happiness with my actions and reactions?

2.) How did I express love and show kindness?

3.) Am I looking for what is right or for what is wrong in others?

4.) Do I laugh and help others to laugh?  (Is joy a by-product of my life?)

5.) What have I done today to build and make stronger my relationships?

6.) Have I worried over the trivial or celebrated the triumphant?

7.) Have I accepted forgiveness and given forgiveness?

8.) Have I learned something new and have I taught something new to others?

9.) Do I know and believe that life (mine and yours) matters?

10.) Will I let this make me better or bitter?