“Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.” – Maria Montessori (1870-1952 CE)
If you’ve ever learned an important life’s lesson from a lecture, please raise your hand. Anybody? Anybody? Nobody?
As Maria Montessori so elegantly states, growth comes from movement, not from an intellectual understanding. The most valuable lessons we have all learned come from making mistakes and then being given the freedom to solve our problems, learn from them and then move on. The second most valuable lessons come from our watching close loved ones make mistakes.
Either way, action takes place, people observe cause and effect, and then growth can occur. I will not say that it is wise to look for mistakes to make them on purpose; however, it is really unhelpful to beat up on one’s self or on someone else about a mistake. How can we learn from mistakes when we are busy thinking of how stupid we are?
What if we ask, “How can I fix this mistake?” and “What can I learn from what happened?” The Creator has lessons for us to learn, and as soon as we learn them, we find these situations no longer show up in our lives.