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The Mistake Bus to Wisdom

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.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~ Salvador Dali

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Rock Solid | I am resourceful, I'm strong, life will not beat me, I will find my way. | HartHaiku.com

Rock Solid | Be That

This Monday morning life is feeling just a little precarious, hmm? Worldwide financial markets have been falling, and this morning tremendously so. Added to that, even my friends who have scoffed at the idea of a worldwide pandemic are starting to take it more seriously.

It seems that it’s not life as usual, and it may not be for some time. So right now is the perfect time to take stock of yourself, your abilities, the tools and assets you have to work with, much as a company might do a SWOT analysis.

For those not familiar with the term, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. Sit down, make four lists about yourself. When things are put onto paper, they become clearer.

In my estimation, society has taught us to be too dependent on the state. Now is the time to stand back and take an objective assessment of ourselves, and how we can be as self-reliant as possible. Yes, we can ask for help from others, but we shouldn’t be standing back waiting for someone else, or the state, to solve all of our problems. We must become critical thinkers and problem solvers, taking responsibility for our lives.

Be aware of your thoughts, because the messages we give ourselves are important. Do your self-SWOT, and make yourself the solid rock that you can always depend on. There will never be a better time than now.

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Roadblocks | The road before me beckons with fervent promise, but fear holds me back. | HartHaiku.com

Roadblocks | We Build

Roadblocks we encounter out in the world are meant to protect us. These physical barriers at the very least keep us from wasting our time or damaging our vehicles. In the extreme, they might even keep us from being killed. Since someone else put them there for our safety, we tend to respect them and stay away.

But what about the roadblocks we create for ourselves? These are built in the mind, and again, we put them in place for protection. We build barriers to keep at bay what is too scary to explore. But, are they keeping us too safe?

Logic may tell us that certain risks may be too great to move ahead. Yes, we need to analyze new situations and evaluate the pros and cons properly. Avoiding some of them may be the only common sense thing to do.

But sometimes our logic is our enemy. While it is telling us “no”, deep within there is an undeniable flutter of excitement. Our intuition is saying, “yes, yes, yes, this feels a little scary, but boy, do I ever want to try it”! Those are the moments when we need to stop being quite so cautious, and allow ourselves to explore down that unknown road.

Otherwise, what is life for really? Adventure, learning, expansion, growth… The view and rewards on the other side of your roadblocks may absolutely amaze you!

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Roots | Of solutions

No important problem or lesson is ever going to be solved with a bandage approach. That is, salving or treating the surface symptoms of our dissatisfaction or unhappiness. We may feel relief temporarily, but sooner or later we must dig to the very root of any problem to achieve a lasting solution.

This requires some honesty and introspection, and sometimes we just don’t want to face it. We also live in a time where distraction is massively prevalent, and, we are encouraged to salve our unhappiness with new material toys.

There are good roots and destructive roots within each of us. The trick is to build on the good ones, and heal the ones that keep causing us to hurt our own potential and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to reach for our happiness, but at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to achieve it. No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter.

On a larger scale, this idea also applies to our societies. Around the world we are beginning to witness massive collective dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our leaders. I see people still falling back on the typical A/B thinking to find a solution. “If the usual A isn’t working, then the usual B must be the answer.”

But, stop! Are we really examining the cause of the disease? That is where the clues to our growth are to be found.

The real answers always lie at the root of the matter.

Inspirational Quotes:

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you.” ~ Bryant McGill

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