How often do you hear people say, “Lesson learned?” Maybe you’ve even said it yourself!
I have many “lesson learned” examples I could share. I’ll just share my most recent one, you’ll get a chuckle out of it… A couple weeks ago, I was substituting in a Special Ed Pre-K class. I noticed one student was playing with a rock, so when he tossed it away from him, I decided it was best to nonchalantly put it in my pocket. Unfortunately, another student picked it up. Not wanting him to throw it at anyone, I approached him and said, “May I please have the rock?” You guessed it, he flung the rock and it hit me right in the temple. Thankfully, it was the rounded side and not the pointed one so it didn’t cut me. When I tell people that story they ask if I was angry at the child. I say, “No, it was my own fault.” Which is true, I should have phrased it differently for the situation I was in. Lesson learned.
Have you noticed that often, when we have a lesson learned experience, it is of our own doing?
I recently had a chat with someone who was telling me about an injury they received that could have been very serious. The injury occurred by their own error. When I asked them, “What did you learn from this?” they looked at me like I had three eyes. It actually took them a minute to come up with something. Then we bantered some other options around and finally settled on “Stick to what you know.”
The reality of that situation was the person had never stopped to consider what they had learned from the experience. It’s very probable they would have a repeat injury because they hadn’t actually learned from the first one.
What is the lesson learned from this blog? I hope it is that when something out of the ordinary, for you, occurs you should ponder what lesson you learned from it. It may be a good experience that you would like to have happen again. What did you learn from it, how can it happen again, or maybe even better? If it is something that wasn’t good, you will want to determine what you learned and consider how to avoid it in the future.
If we don’t think about what happened and why, then we won’t learn and grow. The next time something happens to you ask yourself what happened and why, then you can say, “Lesson learned.”
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*