Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves.-Swami Vivekananda
Throughout the course of my life loved ones, good friends & people I've trusted have always told me when I was going down the wrong path. "Don't touch the stove its hot, it will burn you" my mother would say. And wouldn't you know it I go right up to the stove when she wasn't looking and burn myself. Both of my parents always told me the drugs are bad and I shouldn't do them. And just like my hand on the stove I had to find out for myself. Wisdom they would try to impart upon me and I couldn't hear it. I've heard it said "stupid people don't learn from their mistakes, smart people learn from their mistakes, truly intelligent people learn the mistakes of others" for a better portion of my life I wasn't smart or intelligent (if you get my meaning) but having made the mistakes I've made and learn the lessons I've learned I'm becoming smarter every day. The cool thing about being clean and sober is I get the opportunity to try to teach other people to be intelligent and learned from the mistakes that I've made in my past. The flip side of that coin it sometimes I have to watch them beat their head against the wall (just as people watched me) and have their own experiences. Ultimately I am the man I am today because of everything that I've seen and everything that I've done. I'll leave you with a quote from one of the past dailys.
"life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards"
Until next time!