15. Growth

Personal experience plays an important part in getting better, in growing. At its most basic level, experience simply indicates success or failure — whether your actions produce the desired or expected results. Experience also uncovers important life-principles that help you to make better, more informed decisions. In a sense, you could say that experience is the base-price of all wisdom.

 

Each of us has probably told enough lies to see that lying is not only wrong but also very impractical. Lying never brings good, long-term results. And sometimes it even spells disaster. It is by our own personal experience that we are able to grasp the principle that “honesty is the best policy.” 

 

But there’s another kind of experience that I find important for personal growth, that is the experience of others — the experience of others as seen through our eyes. There is a lot to be learned by seeing how other people handle difficulty or hardship; it’s also inspiring to know how others have fought to achieve their goals. Witness the power and magic of the athletes’ stories as told during these 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. I love watching them as their many hours of work and practice are transformed into something beautiful and worthy of honor.

 

Day 15 Guide

 

The images and interpretations that we have of ourselves and of others make up many of the important experiences that lead to life change. Pay close attention to the light in which you see yourself and others.

 

© 2006, Levi Hill

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