You know when you go through something terrible and the best thing you have to say is, “lesson learned,” only to have the same situation come up again??? Why does that happen?! Why do some people (me included) keep going over and over the same situations and issues? Is it bad luck? Or is it that we didn’t learn our lesson? That’s an interesting question… so, let's BLOG about it!
When we were children, we learned many life lessons that still prove useful throughout our entire lives. For example, when you were young and touched a hot skillet, you learned to not touch a hot skillet. Or maybe you stuck a safety pin in a light socket, pretending it was a mailbox and you were the Post Master? Okay, that’s a specific situation… but you see my point: You learned not to do these things. And because of this lesson learned, you changed your behavior to accommodate future, similar circumstances.
Through the course of my Tarot Dates this week, I noticed that a lot of us don’t always learn our lesson. If we did learn our lesson, we don’t always apply the lesson learned to our current situations. And because we do not change to reflect these important lessons, we fall into suffering and misery. Here's an example… Yesterday I boiled a pot of hot water, to make a French Press of coffee. I knew the water was extremely hot and that I should be careful, but instead… I screwed up and the boiling water washed over my hands. Effect? I inadvertently scalded myself!!! This happened because I was so sleepy that I wasn’t being mindful of the situation and recognizing the dangers. If I had been mindful, my fingers wouldn’t have felt like Blanched Sausages.
Let’s look at some more situations where lessons can be learned. Say, you go through heartbreak and vow never to trust a man again. Maybe he has proven himself a cheater on multiple occasions? In the moment, you are devastated and distraught! And yet, because of various justifications, you go right back to him. Did you not learn your lesson? If you did, why are you marrying him for the 3rd time? Someone says something that hurts you deep, you realize you are above it and vow never to let this person screw with you again. Then, days or months later, that person pulls the same old business… Someone who has learned their lesson would shake it off and continue on proudly. But someone who didn’t learn their lesson, reopens the old wound and suffers it all again.
What’s my point? My point is that you should live life and learn all it has to offer. And once you have gained certain truths, act in accord with those truths. If you don’t, you are doomed to suffer in similar ways over and over. And if you ask me, that sounds like complete Hell. I understand that the exact same situation doesn’t always pop-up. Of course, but they are often very similar situations and some lessons transcend various details… There are many lessons which are widely applicable, across all aspects of your life.
Until next week, don’t be sticking safety pins in light sockets and playing with hot skillets! And if you do, please don't bitch about how bad it hurts. Prove that you've learned your lesson.
All My Love,