Confucius once said,“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Sitting on the Front Porch allows a certain reflection of the world around me. It is a time to sit access and face the honesty one can only have with themself. Just last week , I watched an interview on 60 minutes with Arnold Schwarzenegger, he said,”my process is to wrap my mistakes in a compartment , ignore it and move forward. I concur with that approach, however if one doesn’t learn from their mistakes they are doomed to repeat them .
As for Confucius , his second point Imitation. There is an old saying, “Fake it till you make it” If you haven’t mastered the skills of introspection, find the proper behavior and at least emulate it till it becomes part of your routine.
lastly , experience the most bittersweet of all activities. Some experiences are wonderful and some rip you to the core. But the right combination provides a sculpting of your life. If we pay attention the gains will be immeasurable.