When it comes to experience,:we all experience more than we understand. Baseball player Earl Wilson said, 'Experience enables you to recognise the mistake when you make it again.' Let's face it - too much happens to us in life for us to be able to understand all of it. No matter how smart we are, our understanding will never catch up with our experience. So we must make the most of what we can understand.
At the end of each day we should ask, 'What have I learned today?' Our attitude towards unplanned and unpleasant experiences determines our growth. Steve Penny, head of S4 Leadership Network in Australia, observed, 'Life is full of unforeseen detours. Consequences happen which seem to completely cut across our plans. Learn to turn your detours into delights. Treat them as special excursions and learning tours. Don't fight them or you will never learn their purpose. Enjoy the moments, and pretty soon you will be back on track again, probably wiser and stronger because of your little detour.
' Lack of experience is costly. Our greatest ignorance is not of what we have yet to learn, but of how little we really know. Harry Golden remarked, 'The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It's just that no one has ever told him about Thanksgiving.' You can't avoid making mistakes but you can limit them, grow through them, and not keep making the same ones.
I have had a busy morning. I dragged my drowsy butt out of bed at 7am, and have only just gotten home. I have Jorgia home with me today...she has been sick since i picked her up from school yesterday afternoon. Poor thing. She suffers from headaches, like i used to...and my Dad does. I don't think they are as bad as the debilitating migraines that i suffered from, when i was younger...but they do seem to be a regular occurrence, and knock her around a bit.
I often wonder what caused my migraines to stop. I used to get them like clockwork, every couple of months, and when one struck me, i could not move and just honestly would have been more than happy to die. I am starting to feel ill just thinking about them, and imagining the blurred vision that i used to get. Ugh...absolutely horrendous. If you don't know if a headache is a migraine or not...then it isn't. A person definitely knows when they are suffering from a migraine...anyway, i used to get them all the time, and then at some stage in my early twenties...they just stopped.
I got one, again a bit later, when i was about 30, and have not had one since. Knock on wood. I wonder what caused them to stop. Not that i am complaining.
My cell phone rang just before. It was a private number. I answered it and the man on the other end asked for "Jackie Baillie" ...I have not been called that since...gosh...since i got arrested probably. When i moved from the Mt Eden apartment...that was about the time that i gave up on the thought of ever being a Baillie...and went back to my maiden name. My drivers license is now the only thing that still associates me with the name Baillie. Anyway...this man asked for Jackie Baillie...and i said...speaking...he then proceeded, to tell me that he was from Chubb Security and they were having a problem with the unit picking up the signal. He asked which leg i had it on and i answered ...right...he then asked me to shake it around...so i did... So i am standing here in my bedroom, highly suspicious of this phone call, but only because he called me Baillie...shaking my leg around...like a dope...for Dan.
I can't believe i fell for that. He only started laughing when his accent accidentally changed from Australian, to South African, to Indian. He said he was going to get me to hop on one leg to the unit, but he started laughing when he screwed up the accents and i didn't notice.
It's not even Chubb that monitors me...it's Armourguard. I can't believe i stood here shaking my leg. Ugh...it must be time for a nap! I have a few hours before i have to get Nicole, then do the food shopping for the week.
I want to mow the lawn today as well...i better get napping!