Think of life as a bus, and each life experience as a bus ride. We get on the bus, we reach our destination, we disembark. Often we ride the same bus, over and over again (aka THE BIG RUT). Occasionally we risk taking a new bus, on a different route. With each bus ride we may accumulate some learning, to one degree or another. But sooner or later, we inevitably find ourselves on THE MISTAKE BUS. We hate the ride, but even worse, we hate where it takes us.
The thing is, the Mistake Bus wasn’t marked. We didn’t know when we got on it!
Why do we hate it so much? Because the Mistake Bus takes us to TERMINUS SELF-EXAMINATION, a place where our ego feels very uncomfortable. We squirm. We find out we are human and fallible. (Oh no!) And even worse, we may have hurt ourselves or another person in the process.
Stop looking out the back window
But wait! This is life. Our souls came here to learn. That’s the whole purpose of THE BIG RIDE. (Did you not read the fine print in your contract?) Make a mistake, learn. Make a mistake, learn.
Once we’ve ridden on the Mistake Bus, we resist getting on it again. Our egos will do almost anything to avoid it. Why? Regret. We have a tendency to keep looking out the back of the bus, repeatedly reliving our mistakes in our minds. It’s painful. We just want a nice, safe ride, thank you very much, with as little discomfort as possible.
Eventually we figure out (or we don’t) that the Mistake Bus is actually THE BEST RIDE. There are many of them actually, a veritable fleet. So many Mistake Buses, so little time. There is a full gastronomic menu of life learning in the Mistake Bus fleet. Think about it… Do you order the same old BLT, over and over again, just to avoid heartburn? If you do, you are missing out on LIFE.
Successful people make many mistakes
The challenge in life is to have the courage to risk getting on the Mistake Bus again. And again. And again. Yes, it does have its downside. But, in the long run it’s a more exhilarating ride. And the really great upside is? Eventually you find yourself more and more often arriving at TERMINUS WISDOM, exactly where your soul was trying to take you all along.
So next time around, have the courage to take the new bus, the wild ride. Go for the learning and wisdom. Risk taking the Mistake Bus.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.” ~
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~
“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” ~
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~
Photos courtesy Quang Nguyen Vinh and Pixabay, Pexels
The Mistake Bus to Wisdom © Susan L Hart 2020