You win some, you learn some. This is how the phrase should go, I think. There are all sorts of people who have made great strides in the likes of human kind. And all of them have talked about making a big bunch of mistakes before getting things right.
I keep bumping into these acknowledgements. All day long. Benjamin Franklin said… “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
And Thomas Edison also noted…. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Both of these quotes appeared in different places today.
So. They won some. But along the way, the learned some. It was the learning that made the successes possible.
Hence, the story of all our lives.
Today was our third day in NYC. Once again, we saw, and did a LOT. We spent the first part of the day at MOMA, Museum of Modern Art. Again, we saw the likes of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Claude Monet’s wall sized “Water Lillies.” And then there was an entire exhibit, devoted to the work of Jackson Pollock. It was spine-tinglers-good.
From there, we went to see “The Book of Mormon” at the Eugene O’Neill Theater on Broadway. The theater itself, was incredible. But the play was simply fabulous. It was hilarious, and captivating. Thought-provoking, and spectacular. There are so many talented, talented, talented people in the world. In this case, on the stage before us.
And dinner at the classic NYC spot, Joe Allen’s. Yums.
Finally, we wrapped thing up, with shopping tonight at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Surprisingly enough, a rather violent altercation took place in the same department we were in. Something must have happened on the street, and the rage carried its way into the department store. It was a little unnerving, especially when one of the antagonists looked our way and started yelling at us… “What the F**k are you looking at?”
Needless to say, we exited at a different door by the direction of a clerk.
And when we returned back to the hotel this evening, I saw yet one more of these notations. This time from Mr. Albert Einstein…. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
So, what does all this have to do with us being in NYC? The whole deal about making mistakes… and learning? I’m not sure… other than I know we all make mistakes and we should try our very best to learn from them. This trip has been pretty much a win-win. In a lot of different ways. We learned a lot. From each other, and from this big city and all it has to offer.
I really can’t imagine how it could have been much better than this. Which also makes me realize… it might not be so much ‘where’ you are… as ‘who’ you are with. And there is no mistaking that.
Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.