The Lessons: 1-4
Life has a series of lessons that everyone needs to learn; some more than others.
In “From Whence Jasmine Blooms” I take a moment to focus on 7 Important Life Lessons that everyone should know. While these core lessons are pivotal to everyday life, some people find themselves having to learn a lot more than just 6 things. However, i think that the 6 core lessons addressed in “From Whence Jasmine Blooms” are things that surpass age, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.
The next 2 days I will be taking a moment to go over the 7 Important Life Lessons that Jasmine had to learn in order for her life to bloom into exactly what the Universe wanted for her.
Lesson One: Family and Friends
We’re all culpable of it to one degree or another. There is a reason why philosophers say that we tend to hurt the people closest to us.
Sometimes we take advantage of those who are always there for us. It isn’t always purposefully. Sometimes it is by mere happenstance. These things happen in life. The fact that you think you know that that person will never not be there.
There is something to be said about double negatives. Because one double negative equals a positive. If you know that you know that this person will never not be there, then you are putting yourself in a position of waking up to the possibility that he/she may not be there. We’re called mortal beings for a reason. We live and we die.
In the Family and Friends Lesson, Jasmine has to learn how to love and value those who love her, because one day that person or those people may no longer be there. For an even more profound effect, Jasmine learns that blood isn’t the only form of family—families come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes a good friend can become more family than you could have imagined.
Lesson Two: Memories
Whether people realize it or not, memories are everything. Without that you are not you. Without memories, humanity may very well have not existed.
Memories make us who we are.
They dictate who we will be.
Memories beckon sentiments that are the foundation of who we are.
Memories can be used for bad or for good.
Memories can be construed one way by one person, and another way by someone else.
Memories have the power to build us and destroy us—it’s all about how you use them.
In “From Whence Jasmine Blooms” Jasmine learns that memories are the vault that house our souls. She learns that memories can be the tool that one can use to paint a truer version of oneself, and in turn, the people that surround us.
Lesson Three: Perspective
“Perception is reality” is Y. Correa’s favorite saying.
How true it is.
Let’s take a moment to think deeply for a moment.
Make believe you’re in the middle of a political meeting. The left and right are arguing about the death penalty.
You’re sitting right in the middle and you can hear them screaming at each other.
“People who kill have no right to live!”
“Murder is murder, whether legalized or not! Only God can give and take life.”
Back and forth they go. Your anxiety hits a fever pitch and all you want is for them to stop fighting, listen to one another and come to an even ground where everyone can be happy. What do you do? How would you react? How does the left’s view fit your own and how do the rights?
In the turmoil you learn one very important thing, the only way they are going to come to any consensus is if they try to listen to each other and see things from each other’s side.
Jasmine has to learn the very same thing. In “From Whence Jasmine Blooms” Jasmine finds herself in a position which calls for her to be open to others’ opinions and consider that she may not always be right.
Life Lesson Four: Trust
I think we’ve all been victims of mistrust to one degree or another. Whether that distrust was thrust upon us or we are the ones not trusting, I believe everyone is familiar distrust.
Sometimes it comes from an extensive degree of suffering, sometimes by a person’s own nature, but distrust is a plague. An epidemic of enormous proportions that threaten to contaminate even the best of us.
But let’s use the lessons we’ve learned so far to put trust into a different light.
We know that family and friends are an essential part of the human bond and that they instill in us values and points of view that we carry with us throughout our lives.
We know that our memories are the experiences that mold who we are and how we react to the world around us.
We know the perspective is as individual as every living being on this planet.
How does trust play a role in this grand scheme of things?
We trust our family and friends because at our core believe that they care about us and would never want to do us harm.
For those forsaken few that have endured familial dysfunction it is hard to understand the value of family and friends. Therefore, trust is broken very early on as the memories they carry around are those of neglect, abuse and misery. These individuals find it hard to understand any other point of view that isn’t their own. It is a crying shame, to be honest.
Did you know that those who choose to trust regardless of the bedlam they may have endured are the strongest among us?
In “From Whence Jasmine Blooms” the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was given. It is a powerful and tangible example that moves Jasmine to her very core.
Stay tuned for tomorrow where we cover the last three lessons that Jasmine learns in “From Whence Jasmine Blooms”.