Gumption


For all the desires and goals that one can harbour, there is a virtue that is often overlooked. It tempers surreal expectations, and soothes the harshest of blows. It is in my opinion, one of the most potent weapons in the armory of the strong and the stable-minded, and a secret virtue of those that befriend success and nobility. It’s quite common, I hear it being bandied all the time these days. It’s not a big deal. It’s called gumption – the ability to learn from your experiences.

Learning from one’s experiences is the key, be it episodes of stark mistakes or high feats. I’ve always wondered how some people stumble in life, but stand up right back. I think it is because they know that it is not our experiences that decide who we really are, but the way in which we respond to them. Our response, therefore defines our personality and our individuality.

I’ve had some magical moments in the past two months. I regret to say that some of those experiences cannot be mentioned in this post :). I’ve seen that we are likely to meet all kinds of people in our everyday life. Some are worthy of our acquaintance, while others are deserve to be our bosom pals. There are others, who in the end turn out to be no better than a rat’s posterior. And there it ends.

I’ve learned so much in the past two months. I have experienced a kind of independence that is very hard to explain – a liberation of sorts ; a realization that what matters at the end of the day is my attitude and my perception.

I am blessed, and owe it to my faith and to my upbringing to be a learning machine in my life, and go to bed a little wiser than what I was in the morning.

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