Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What Has Life Taught You?

Every experience in your life teaches you something. Some life lessons are fun to learn like: pudding tastes better with whipped cream. Then there are the lessons that aren't so fun like: losing a loved one hurts.
But what about other peoples' experiences? Can they teach you something too? I've always been inspired listening to peoples' stories because I believe every person's experience has something to teach me.
How To Benefit From Others' Stories
As you listen to others' stories, ask yourself these 2 questions:
1. What I can learn from their experience?
2. How do their lessons apply to my own life?
Here's a story from journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver that inspired me:
When Maria Shriver was "freaking out" trying to balance family, marriage and career, she felt like she was coming up short in every area. Then one day her mother said to her, "Maria, you can have and be all the things you want to be. Just do it over a lifetime. Don't try to do them all at once, because you can't."
That story meant a lot to me. It's a lesson I never forgot.