My last blog-worthy thought from this weekend was the result of a campfire conversation — in my opinion, some of the best types of conversation you can have. Especially during the summer in Western PA. ;)
This conversation was actually a continuation of one that began on my trip to Seattle. The topic was one of my new favorites: life lessons. It’s amazing how simply asking people about what major life lessons they’ve encountered can offer quite an insight into their … well, everything about them really. The experiences they’ve had, their personality, the way they were raised, the things that motivate them and discourage them.
The people sitting around the campfire were people I consider to know fairly well, but after this discussion, I felt my understanding of them went significantly deeper. I’m pretty sure they felt similarly after hearing my response as well.
The another interesting thing comes from listening to people relay their life lessons — you realize how different individual perspectives are. The life lesson that practically blindsided me, totally rocked my work and challenged my worldview turned out to be something that my friend had come to realize as a child. On the flipside, her revelation was almost amusing to me in its simplicity. It just goes to show how much we have to learn from each other — and how important community is to our emotional, spiritual, and social development.
Here short descriptions of the life lessons we listed so far:
The choices you make in life only determine so much. Whether you like it or not, sometime you are limited by things that are out of your control, like the choices other people make or pure chance.
Not everyone thinks the same way you do. Don’t judge someone’s actions based purely on the way you would’ve acted/thought/felt in that situation.
Life isn’t black and white, and nearly nothing is certain. Even though you think you’re sure about what you believe, there’s still a good possibility that you are wrong. So it’s important to give other people’s beliefs the benefit of the doubt.
The human potential is far greater than we give ourselves credit for. A single person can do much, affect much, change much in the world if he/she is devoted enough to the cause. (or something like that - I got a little lost during this one lol).
Humans find comfort in order, and therefore try to create it whenever possible. But the greatest comfort comes from accepting the innate chaos of life. Coming to terms with this truth will bring you profound peace.
What can you add to the list?