Wednesday, March 13, 2013

a life lesson disguised as science

Lately, we have had a couple of experiments that didn't go exactly as planned. Our dried beans and lemon seeds molded instead of sprouted. Our homemade sidewalk chalk turned out more like play dough than chalk. Things of this nature.

It has given me a chance to talk with my boys about this happening in life. Our best laid plans are often changed due to unforeseen circumstances. It might rain on your outdoor wedding. Or maybe the birthday cake, that you worked so hard to complete, was knocked off the table. Or maybe your beans molded.

Our lesson isn't in the failed experiment. It is in what we do with that "failure". We learn from it. We try to see the sunshine in it. Just as in life. Things go wrong all the time! ALL the time! But if we are constantly looking at what goes wrong, we will never learn from it and see all the things that go right. We adjust and try again.

One of my favorite quotes:

"I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong." Ben Franklin

Tomorrow we try again.

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