“Use your life as a class.” This short but incisive piece of advice is one of my favourites from Oprah’s Master Class series. There are lessons to be learnt, at all times, from all of our experiences, from each encounter with each person, and from everything we read, watch and hear: provided we are willing to choose to learn from life consciously, actively, continually.
This idea brings to mind Tom Bodett’s nice little quote: “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
It also reminds me of Dr Phil’s insight from a Lifeclass episode that if you learn from a mistake, “it at least becomes tuition”. (Some other great Dr Phil-isms appear, below, in the clip from that episode.)