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The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein
Some people think they can just read a book and voila! They know.
In nearly every walk of life, the real teacher is experience. It's in the doing.
Whether you're a lawyer or a brick layer, in order for you to be a fount of wisdom and knowledge in your field, you must go beyond the classroom or the lecture or the online courses. You must do the work. To become your best, step out and make the mistakes, learn from them, do it again, only this time, you won't spill the milk so easily.
That's what makes you the expert. Experience.
Same in our walk with Spirit.
The more you practice gratitude, kindness, and compassion, the better you become at them. They eventually become ingrained habits that you no longer need to be consciously concerned with; they just happen.
But it takes work. It takes commitment. It takes determination.
Anyone who has tried to break a bad habit knows how difficult it can be. I smoked for 22 years and quit, oh, maybe six times. But they didn't take because I wasn't really committed or determined. Finally, in 1989, the bell rang, the hammer dropped, and I knew I meant it. Yes. It was still tough. But I was determined. First thing, I took the cig out of my mouth, and the pack out of my house. Then, I bit the pillow and wept! And I made it.
Good habits are almost as hard to instill as releasing bad ones. Again, though, with continued and dedicated practice, you can accomplish nearly anything to which you set your mind.
Key: Don't let anyone try to talk you out of it. And they will. In fact, my advice to you is, unless it's absolutely necessary, don't tell people what you're doing. They will eventually get the benefit, but they don't need to be poking around in your practices. Right?
Finally, know this: Gratitude, first and foremost, is the true key to all good things. And it takes a while to get good at it. Make it a practice to thank everything in your life on a daily basis. From your first awake moment to your last of the day; from bedroom to bath; to kitchen, to bus stop or car; from office to home again. And all the people along the way.
Practice, practice, practice. Soon, you'll notice you're in a different, more amazing world. And getting good at gratitude will also make you really, really good at kindness and compassion. Guaranteed.
Gratitude, kindness, compassion. No pie in the sky, airy fairy wishy washy metaphysics. No, not at all. They produce, like any other practice or work. They are energy and energy is the ability to do work.
With continued practice, you'll move from wherever you are right now, to wherever you want to be. You may not know where that is yet, but there you'll be.
Life is truly grand...when you appreciate it fully!
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