Have you heard the quote: ”Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”? From the best I can tell, this quote most likely comes from the writer and philosopher George Santayana, and in it’s original form he said: ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana attended Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he studied under the philosophers William James and Josiah Royce. He later became a professor in philosophy at Harvard.
Santayana’s philosophy, in a nutshell teaches that ”History repeats itself!” Ancient philosophy teaches that life is a spiral that presents us with lessons and when we fail to learn the lesson life presents, then life has a way of bringing the lesson back around again and again, until we do get it. It may be in the same form or in a totally different form, but its purpose is always the same, it is to instruct, grow and develop us into all we are created for.
”What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiates 1:9
When things in life are not working, then there is something for us to learn. Failure to learn has consequences and will cost us something. When something is not working in our life, then we need to take this as an indication that there are parts of our mind, body and spirit that need integration.
This requires that we take on our ego, because we are so much more than what we have, what we do or who people think we are. If we are paying attention then this life is trying to teach us something. When we get what it’s teaching us, then we are heading to an amazing place.
What is this life trying to teach you? How are you going to learn from your mistakes? When will you start making decisions to integrate your life? Where are you heading with your decision or indecision? Why are you waiting? Seize the now, learn your lesson and grow your life! You will be glad you did…