“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso


This is a wonderful reminder to us that learning is a continuous process, one which we can follow each and every day. From the moment we are born, we are learning – everything from how to get through the day to how to communicate our needs and feelings in our lives.

Our choices in life are inexorably linked to our willingness and ability to learn – when we don’t learn, we repeat our mistakes exactly and are left sometimes wondering why that is……it can be painful to commit to the learning we need to experience, yes, though that’s often the space where the best learning happens!

When we do learn, the rewards can be immense, albeit not always immediately felt of course! It can take days, weeks, months, years or even decades before the impact of our learning becomes clear – it can also take decades before we have opened ourselves up to the process itself, so the invitation is to be open now and always.

That willingness and, at times, bare courage to face up to our errors, our choices that lead us to unexpected or uncomfortable outcomes, our decisions that don’t necessarily follow the considered pathway, is exactly what we need in order to be able to do something well. It is this which determines our victory over what is often thought of as ‘failure’ – and when we open ourselves up, the best bit about ‘failure’ is that it then doesn’t exist – only learning does.

So, whether we’re talking about managing your relationship, building your career, creating your desired personality or honing a skill you seek to acquire, the key is always, always, always being open to learning. It is all too easy to forget that, when placing a critical mirror up to ourselves, it’s entirely possible to, in fact, like what we see and have become.

What learning process are you currently facing, perhaps avoiding, or feeling uncomfortable with right now? How much more differently will you perceive yourself and your life if you open up entirely to the experience instead?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman



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