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Live and Learn

Feb 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Did you ever learn from an experience that was totally surprising and unpleasant? Kind of a “who would have thought? moment? These experiences are often followed by you saying, “Oh, well, live and learn.” Hopefully these gained experiences are  teaching moments and knowledge builders. Life’s lessons for sure.

As an example, I was looking online at some park pavilions to rent for a baby shower. I found one park site I thought was at the halfway mark for both families and after looking at the photos and other information, I decided to book the lower level and secure the date and time I wanted. I went to tour the facility this morning and boy did I get an eye-opener. Not at all what I thought it was going to look like – two flights of steps, small kitchen area and to accommodate the number of invited guests I’ll have to split them up into two rooms divided by a wall and post. The upstairs level would have been perfect, but after calling the parks office I found it was already rented for that day. I should have toured the facility before I booked my event. I just sighed and mumbled, “Live and learn, I guess.”

Another example would be on talent shows when a contestant comes out on stage and tells the judges they are going to sing and you can see the look of doubt on the judges’ faces. Then the contestant begins to sing beautifully and once again you’re reminded to not assume anything from the way a person looks — a live and learn experience.

Maybe the best lesson is to not live and learn by assuming, because you know what assume means – it can make an “axx” out of “u” and “me.”