To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Been teaching for almost four years here in Thailand for both adult and young learners. I have noticed that kids are remarkably more transparent in terms of responses to dealing with classroom activities. They demonstrate a variety of behaviors, I could say somewhat related to how adults do, just more vivid and easier to grasp for observers.

One distinct characteristic is that everytime kids commit mistakes in the activity, they stop working on it and just stay in the corner feeling sad about the mess. Rather than trying to correct the mistake and do something to make it right, or even doing it again, instead, they halt or even cry and just do nothing. Some are surprisingly very scared to admit that they get the activity wrong and once  it's confirmed, they just simply lose hope.

Relating the observation to our personal dealings as adults; oftentimes; I see that we are IN a mistake yet we don’t really take any correction. Perhaps we are afraid to commit more delusions if we get out of it, or maybe afraid to take risks. Futhermore, we know it isn't right possibly; yet, we are enjoying it somehow and we like the feeling.

Lapses vary. It could be a decision one made in the past whether it is a matter of finance, career, matters of the heart or even words that we have said. Maybe a wrong purchase that drains one’s budget, a company one is serving which doesn’t really provide a career growth or even any advancement, a love that never been shared or maybe shared but in a wrong time or situation and lastly, words that we uttered that we know HURT somebody else especially  those who are supposedly close to us.

Life indeed is of similar occurrences, they just keep on happening over and over yet of different degrees and so of different timing and intensity. The point is how  we manage to stand up and move forward despite of what happened. After all, they say that WE ARE, WHO WE ARE NOW because of our past. No regrets! The challenge will be on how shall we deal on what lies ahead.

Mistakes? They’re part of our existence and thus making living more meaningful, we live with them for us to go on sailing and do better in this journey, and NO, never to stay and REMAIN in there , those should be  STEPS to GO UP……not moving means GOING NOWHERE!

I'm thankful that teaching indeed has taught me a lot in ways that  made me see myself more in life and so how I used to deal with myself  on my negligence or even being extremely afraid of committing one. I was no different from my kids at school. Indeed, even a single fault is a good aid to move forward and be improved, hopefully.

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own. Latin Proverb

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