Learn from it

“It’s easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.”    ~ Jim Rohn

There are many circumstances, personally and in our society, where this quote is relevant. It’s absolutely true, as I’ve learned through my own experience.

Accept the past is behind us and be proud of the scars we have on the other side. It’s kind of a “life tattoo”.

The Fear of Suffering 

“My heart is afraid it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart. “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that every hour was part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered  things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.”

      ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 

Except Human Beings

“It seems that every life form on this planet strives toward its maximum potential… except human beings. A tree does not grow to half its potential size and then say, ‘I guess that will do.’ A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible. It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can.

         ~ Jim Rohn