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Words of Wisdom

Coach Lynn - October 4, 2016

Take it for what it's worth, but I contend and encourage you all to believe that...every experience is a worthwhile experience.

You say, "Yes, but Coach Lynn, what about all those things that end up being such a waste of time?" Two hours in a movie that stinks, a class on whatever subject you think you'll never use in daily life ever again, everyday of summer workouts and still not a starter, going to dinner with a friend that had a rough day, and so on. 

These are all of the relatively benign things and, without getting too deep for our purposes here, what about friends having issues with serious drugs or violence in their lives, mental health issues, financial pressures, family dysfunction, physical health issues, racial tensions, and any other assortment of what are really things that truly do happen to just about everyone everywhere. We are not immune to them here at Rosemont and in all the positive opportunities of this life, we all have our struggles. What then is worthwhile about some or any of these experiences? 

I'd like to suggest that this is all about perspective. Surely, many, if not mos,t of these experiences are unpleasant, undesirable, and yes, even perhaps thought - worthless. While I don't think we can do anything about the unpleasantness no matter how we look at many of these circumstances, events, and experiences, to think them worthless also quite frankly adds insult to injury....salt to the wound. So saying they are worthwhile really is just putting a positive spin on it—right? Just so we don't have to accept that many of these are just senseless unhappy experiences. Well, most of the knowledge you are receiving now is in fact in the classroom, which we are hoping you are starting to apply in the outside world for the better. If, "...we are our values" then we also are "...a community of lifelong learners..." Sure we'll watch CNN, pick up new technologies, get training and professional development in our jobs, but what will teach us the most are our EXPERIENCES. If we start to train ourselves now to look at ALL experiences as worthwhile experiences then they inform us, they teach us, they make us who we are—good and bad, happy or sad, random and intentional, and so on. If we don't look at it from this perspective, how much time have we wasted and, worse, how many more minutes, days, months, years can we expect to "waste" if we know life is fraught with at least as many unpleasant experiences as desired ones? 

Maybe it's just me, but I'd like so much more to think that instead of experiences that waste my time they are bits of me waiting to be developed. Nuggets of knowledge stowed in my back pocket informing me what to do the next time I'm faced with a situation, make a decision on a path to follow, or think, say or do on any given day. So remember, it might not be pleasant, you are most certainly not enjoying yourself, and quite frankly you may want to do nothing but get away as quickly as you can...embrace the experience. It is a worthwhile one.