I realized once again today that no one knows it all. Anyone you listen to will have it half right. You can learn a lesson from anyone, anywhere, at any time but no one will have all the answers. We speak from where we are. We speak about what we understand. We can only truly understand what we’ve experienced. No one person should be your guide. No one will have all the answers for you. My father would always say to me, “chew the meat and spit out the bones.” I finally realized what he meant. You have to get a little bit from a lot of people. If you can grab one thing and add it to your life, that’s great! Don’t lean 100% on any human. Lean on God and trust that He will send you wisdom in a multitude of ways. I’ve learned lessons from my sons and my oldest isn’t even 10 years old yet. I’ve learned lessons from wall paint, rugs, stamps on a envelope and the list goes on. Pay attention to everyone and everything you come in contact with. Be determined to take at least one lesson away from every interaction. In some you’ll see where their pessimism limits them. In some you’ll see where their optimism confuses them. In some you’ll see where their conceit hinders them. In some you’ll see where their ignorance blinds them. You’ll get a lesson everywhere you look if you’re paying attention.
Don’t put all your trust in one person. Don’t live your life based on the lessons you learned from one source. Differences create strengths. Learn from people older and younger, darker and lighter, stronger and weaker. Learn from it all and take nothing for granted. Sometimes it’s the lessons you didn’t expect to learn that will change your life the most.
Tony A. Gaskin Jr.