After a recent trip to Texas A&M that included a very much unwanted guest, Mr. Murphy, I thought it would be a great topic to write about giving thanks even when things aren't going quite like we expected or we hoped. Murphy's Law did abound in many ways on this recent trip, but rather than look at the experience through the eyes of disappointment I thought it much better to look at it more positively. After all, it is through all of our experiences that we learn. To help illustrate this point I looked to a great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Even though it would be great to avoid having to deal with Murphy's Law that things will go wrong, we would not learn nearly as much if things always went well. Mistakes can often be a wonderful teacher. Unexpected events can teach us things because it causes us to really examine things closely. In light of these thoughts, I choose to give thanks for the experience this past month. It was frustrating for sure, but I learned quite a bit during the experience. If you'd like to read more, please take a look at my blog post here: https://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=3041&doc_id=565009.
Thanks for the kind words Doug! I think we often find frustration when things go wrong...I know I seem to find it quite a bit. This was a reminder for me as well to appreciate the things that do not go as planned since it is a good learning opportunity. We are a product of all of our experiences...and the not-so-good ones help us appreciate the good ones even more!
J.Harris, thank you very much for the excellent reminder.