My last two blog posts on marriage lessons I’ve learned through 10 years of experience have generated far more traffic than my humble blog usually gets.
That proves to me that the magazines that put “101 ways to get a flat stomach by Memorial Day” or “7 tips to improve your sex life” on the cover really do know what they’re doing.
But here’s the funny thing: while I think we have a huge appetite for those easy-to-consume lists of how to make our lives better, sometimes the only way we really internalize the knowledge is to learn it ourselves the hard way.
Think of telling a toddler not to touch a hot stove. Does he listen when you pull his hand away and say “hot” or does he listen when he burns his hand and cries?
Today I’m going to try to have it both ways.
First, I’m asking all of you to share the story of a life lesson you learned the hard way.
It could be anything — work, marriage, parenting, exercise, cooking, car maintenance, you name it.
Second, I’ll pull together a list of the lessons you share for a future blog post.
Because maybe someone out there reading a list of “11 ways to improve your life today” will actually learn from your experience instead of having to go through the hardship personally.
Please share your life lessons in the comments, or if you prefer to share via e-mail, send them to me at cnewvine at gmail dot com.
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