Monday, 2 February 2009
Learning How to Live
I feel (no, I know) that Jane has never rearly learned how to live. She has never learned from her mistakes. We improve our lives by learning from mistakes and avoiding them. We progress. I wonder if the lack of ability to learn how to live by learning from mistakes is a characteristic of alcoholics?
I have learned how to live. I understand how to live. But I am losing the strength to put into action what I know. Is this how a non-alcoholic gets to be stuck with an alcoholic?
When I am with Jane I sometimes feel that I am with a juvenile, a teenager. It is as if she is my daughter. This compels me sometimes to wrongly talk to her as my daughter. Is this arrested development in Jane because she has failed to learn from her mistakes and failed to learn how to live?
The quotes, below, came with the photograph, above, which is from a Flickr photographer -- atinirdosh. I hope she doesn't mind me publishing them here, they are apt.
It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong. ~Martin H. Fischer
The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. ~Antisthenes
Past is always beautiful...but it is wise to understand our mistakes ...even wiser to not to be carried away with the feeling of repenting...but move ahead knowing that the learning and implementing scores higher than the mistake made earlier..
This photographer is very good. The photo is published under creative commons license: