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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Live. Learn. Repeat.

When babies are learning to walk, I doubt they think about failure.  They don't think about whether or not they can get from point A to point B. They don't formulate a plan. They just do it. Oftentimes they fall and without thinking twice, they get back up and try again. They fall and they get back up. They repeat this until they finally master the new skill. Ah! They don't even realize it at that time that walking is a game changer! Not only can they get to other side of the house quicker by walking, but soon they learn that running is more fun! All of a sudden, their world becomes much wider with their newfound freedom and all because they didn't give up. 

As adults, we are much more inclined to analyze our decisions and actions. We become more conscious of the consequences, at the same time consider various factors that directly affect the outcome of our decisions and so we take calculated risks. A reasonable adult goes through a decision-making process. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. We all should be  making reasonable decisions. But have you ever wondered how many opportunities were missed by over analyzing something? By the time you're ready to commit, you've missed the train (or the bus, or the boat or plane). 

Sometimes taking a leap of faith is necessary. There are times when dipping our toes in shallow waters is not enough to satisfy our curiosity and we need to jump into the deep end of the pool and learn to swim. Mistakes are an essential part of our existence. We make mistakes and we learn from them. It's how we grow and mature. By taking risks, we live. By making mistakes, we learn. We live, learn and repeat the process of living and learning. This is how we gain new experiences. Sometimes we make the same mistakes and that's okay but this shouldn't discourage us from breaking an unhealthy cycle. Live. Learn. Repeat. 

The point I'm trying to make is, there are times when we are faced with tough decisions. This however, should not stop us from living our lives. Don't be a victim of paralysis by analysis. Try not to over complicate things. Make a decision and run with it. Later on if you find out it was a misstep, get back up, learn from the experience and move on. Live your life again and take the lessons life throws at you. Live. Learn. Repeat. 

"The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one." -- Anonymous

--with faith and gratitude,

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