EXPERIENCE

“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~Aldous Huxley

You live and learn
earning your respect
and stumbling your way
through this world. You hope to build
strength and character and
strength of character
to anchor you. Feet firmly planted,
convicted to depict a man
who makes his mistakes better
each next time he makes them.
Never curse the sins visited upon the son
for they were merely lessons the father
never got around to teaching.
Nothing wrong with reaching for the stars,
venturing far from home base,
yet keeping our heart close to the place
that bears your footprint.
Not all missteps are mistakes,
every deviation takes you to a new location.
For generations this had been your station.
But your errors are the foundation upon which
your life was built. Becoming sturdy
and strong, ending up where you belong.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2016

For dVerse Poets Pub – Tuesday Poetics: Mistakes (Even Monkeys Fall From Trees)

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25 thoughts on “EXPERIENCE

  1. I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom specially: Not all missteps are mistakes ~

    If we learn from them, they are good foundation of our life ~

  2. I can’t help but notices the wisdom that emerges in those of us who’ve been around the block a few times. I love this:

    Nothing wrong with reaching for the stars,
    venturing far from home base,
    yet keeping our heart close to the place
    that bears your footprint.

  3. I love that thought of making your mistakes better each time. How true it is that we would not/could not be who we are today if not from the mistakes we’ve learned from!

  4. SMiLeS.. it’s true2
    in all stuff politics..
    religion.. and culture
    wHole.. systems that
    do not allow the son and
    the daughter to improve
    on what the Father and
    Mother do.. stagNate
    liKe
    desserts
    stressed
    duSt..;)

  5. Sage advice. where the hell were you when I was a teenager? 18-year-old me could’ve used nuggets like this!

    (Actually, 43-year-old me is also benefiting from your wise words.)

  6. I love the insights and wisdom in this piece, Walter….my errors were most certainly the entire foundation of my life….and, “Not all missteps are mistakes,
    every deviation takes you to a new location” is so true….and such a beautiful thing to remind ourselves when all hope seems lost 🙂 Thanks for joining in for the prompt!

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