Each Experience is Valuable; No Experience is a Waste

No experience is a waste. There is no task, no job, no obstacle or challenge that is useless if we see how it fits into your calling. Every sorrow, every joy, every defeat, and every success leads to general advancement—yes, all things work together for good! If we can sit back and learn a lesson or two from every setback and progress, we will come to the realization that each person’s story can make anybody at least a bit wiser in this university of life.

There is Value Below the Surface of Each Experience

Taking a look back, I realize how, at times, it was difficult and frustrating to do a certain task or to experience a certain challenge, especially if I had an affinity for something tied to it; I felt like I was being held back, but later or much later on in the future, I came to realize the truth: I used a skill or lesson I acquired or learned during the difficult or frustrating times of the past. Those difficult and frustrating times were meant to prepare me for the future, or for whatever was to come.

If you take time to explore your own calling, you will likely be surprised at how your past experiences—especially the ones your regarded as “difficult” or a “waste”—are putting heads together to strengthen and lead you in line with your life’s calling or destiny. In a way, it’s advisable we become like little children again, by watching and listening to our past experiences and those of other people, so that we can pick up lessons—no matter how painful or joyful—and grow. By observing your past difficulties and the lifestyle of people who persevered through their difficulties, you will be inspired to keep on pressing on!

During certain times in life, everyone needs moments that can draw their attention and compel them to wake up; such moments usually occur when we least expect them to, whether we desire to experience them or not. Instead of waiting for them to occur, or wondering why they have occurred, we have to look for the opportunities that such moments provide.

Don’t wallow in your misfortune; don’t keep on wondering why a certain experience has crossed your path; instead of regretting, act by making the most of your obstacle, and turn it from an obstacle into an opportunity.

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