Profound Learning Experiences

– Profound Learning Experiences –


I read a recent devotional article where the author wrote about sharing a personal story about a profound experience that taught him something about himself.  I thought about this statement and tried to conger up a personal experience where I learned something about myself.  Try doing it. It’s not an easy task.  But after a few moments, some connected experiences came back to me that all pointed to something I learned.

All the experiences involved extremely stressful events that happened to me.  One was an arrest and two where serious illnesses. In each of these experiences, I felt I had just fallen down a deep dark hole and was all alone.  But in each event, I reached out and asked for help from others.  In all three, I sought mental health counseling because what was going on in my head just didn’t feel right and I was scared.  In one of the illness events, I sought God’s help because I was at the end of my rope.  It was the first time I had prayed in years.

And here’s what I learned about myself from these experiences.  I always thought of myself as a pretty self-reliant guy.  I can solve most problems, fix any broken item, and overcome most obstacles.  It’s not a macho or ego thing.  I’m an introvert and sometimes don’t want to bother other people with my problems.

But in these events, I couldn’t deal or resolve them on my own.  I needed help and an internal force triggered me to reach out for help.  I learned that being self-reliant doesn’t work.  We need the help of God and others to deal with stuff.  And now that I learned that lesson, I don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help.  Always to God because I know he’s always there for me.  I also learned to be there for others who are reaching out for help.

If you’ve had a profound experience where you learned some about yourself, please share it in the comments.  Your experience may help someone who reads it.

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