I've Lived Long Enough

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Learning from mistakes. It's taken a very long time.

Submitted: October 19, 2017

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Submitted: October 19, 2017



I’ve lived long enough

To be learning

From the mistakes

I’ve made.

Not just little

Everyday mistakes

But huge, massive, whopping mistakes

Poor choices leading

To disaster.

And the first step

Has been

Recognizing each

And every one

Taking responsibility

For them. It’s painful.

After recognizing,

Making myself aware

I can now see where

I went wrong

My mind can

Take me on a journey

At warp speed

Through all the paths

Of destruction.

Not pretty

But all forgivable


And can be learned from.


But never forgettable

They remain

To keep me humble

And give me compassion

Not just for myself

But for others.

I wonder sometimes

If they were meant to be

A part of who I am

And how I got to

This grand old

Age of such reasoning

I’ve lived long enough

To learn.

@Bobbie Bolton Burnett

October 2017

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”

C.S. Lewis

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