Forged By The Heat of the Battle

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.

~ From, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This hits home. Hard.

My greatest curse as a Trader, Son, Student, Husband, Father, and Human is that the only way for lessons to stick with me is for me to just do it. I have to learn the hard way. No amount of book reading or lecturing or modeling will teach me the way mistakes in the heat of battle will.

I wish it were not this way.