Two ways to see life….

“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”    Philip Sidney

When do we stop learning?  When I was young, I probably would have answered this question.  With age and experience, I realise the answer is never.  More importantly, it is how I learn.  I will always have a choice in how I respond to my failures or success. There are always two ways to see life.  Positively or negatively.

Thomas Edison tried two thousand different materials in search of a filament for the light bulb. When none worked satisfactorily, his assistant complained, “All our work is in vain. We have learned nothing.”

Edison replied very confidently, “Oh, we have come a long way and we have learned a lot. We know that there are two thousand elements which we cannot use to make a good light bulb.”

There is always something to learn.

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38 thoughts on “Two ways to see life….

  1. Learning can be painful; learning can be pleasing, but learning is ALWAYS beneficial. The biggest impediment to learning is negativity. Fear, anger, hatred, etc…are examples of emotions that interfere with learning. Overcoming negativity is a learning process in itself. Once achieved, negativity is replaced with opportunity. Growth and development becomes boundless.

    This post relays an important message. Thank you for your ongoing inspiration.

  2. I agree Karen, life is an open door into new vistas of experience and learning. The question always before us is, are we prepared to walk through the doors? Have always loved the story of Edison – deeply inspiring.

    1. You make a good point Mary, perhaps we are learning nothing new in life, but rather we are trying to remember, who we are, and what we are capable of on this amazing journey. Happy Thanksgiving to you lovely friend, and I am very grateful for shining lights like you in the world.

  3. Quite so Karen, and as you so rightly suggest, having the humility, willingness and receptivity to learn can assist the process immeasurably. It seems there is little so unpleasant as the arrogance of certainty within a person, the one who feels that learning is at an end and that their knowledge is complete. Many thanks and best wishes to you, Hariod.

  4. I love the photo. Nice visual way to represent feelings. I also love the quote at the end. What you are speaking about is so true in science, where a researcher has to deal with a seemingly endless frustration before finding an experiment that works! Nice post! 🙂

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