A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Looking at this post in my Drafts folder I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually write the post or not.
It is, however, a great quote, and the title, which I wasn’t sure about, is pretty good.
My point (with this post) is that every experience has something to teach us.
Everything that happens in our life is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Just as cube steak (a low quality cut of meat which mechanically tenderized) is made of the same stuff (overall) as the finest cuts of meat, so to are our experiences. They are the stuff of life and even if some are less flavorful (or even down-right objectionable), they are delicious if we “see” them properly.
If you had some cube steak and didn’t like it (wishing it was something different, like a well-marbled rib-eye… ), you wouldn’t buy it again – would you?
I certainly hope not.
You may finish the less-than-desirable cube steak, because it does fill your belly and you paid good money for it, but you’d learn that if you want steak you’re going to hold out for a better cut.
So to with our lives.
If something happens that we don’t “like” we can either learn from or (likely) repeat the experience (and the mistake… ).
It is the wise diner, and person, that chews the tough morsels that come along, but doesn’t continually choose foods (or experiences) that don’t delight the palate.