Simple things and the lessons we learn

By Myeisha Neal
Simple things and the lessons we learn

There are many things that I enjoy in life.  What I enjoy most are the lessons that can be taken away from the simple things that capture us.  I once heard a story about a little boy who was learning to ride his bike.

 The young boy fell from his bike many times.  His friends laughed at him when he lost his balance, but when the dust cleared and the bruises healed, that young boy rode his bike as fast and as far as the other young boys. 

While this story of a young boy learning to ride his bike is very simple, there is a valuable lesson to be learned.  The goal of the young boy was to learn to ride his bike.  And in the process, the young boy learned persistence, patience and poise. This brave young boy learned more than how to ride his bike that day.   He learned to get up after falling, to ignore those who are not supportive, to see a task to its end, and he learned the sweet pleasures of success.     

 When we look at life as a basket full of learning experiences, we have the opportunity to appreciate the process required for us attain any goal.   We all have things we enjoy in life that provide daily lessons for us.  A simple trip to the grocery store or a simple walk in the park can teach us valuable life lessons.  Ultimately, our good and bad experiences are learning opportunities that can bring us closer to our goals.  When we learn to accept failure as an opportunity to grow, we unknowingly add great character, great integrity, and great positivity to our many surroundings.  Henry Ford once wrote, “Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” Mr. Ford’s message still rings loud today as we capitalize our learning experiences and develop the good character and integrity necessary to be a true asset to those around us.

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