“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.”
Julian remained calm and patient in the face of my persistence. Spotting the pot of tea I had left on the table next to him, he started to pour into my waiting cup. He poured until the cup was full- but then he kept pouring! Tea started to trickle down the sides of the cup and into the saucer, then onto my wife’s prized Persian rug. At first I watched silently, then I couldn’t take it anymore.
“Julian, what are you doing? My cup is overflowing. No matter how hard you try, no more will go in!” I yelled impatiently.
He looked at me for a long moment. “Please don’t take this in the wrong way. I really respect you, John. I always have. However, just like this cup, you seem to be full of your own ideas. And how can any more go in…until you first empty your cup?”
~Robin Sharma, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari
I’m so glad exams are over, I can finally get back to my books! Books aren’t just ink, they’re treasure♥