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Learning by doing, or is it making do?
July 15, 2013

We do not learn from books but by doing – by learning from our mistakes or by learning that even our mistakes are not really mistakes at all.

Olivia is recalling this truth in this “conversation” by a great mistake she apparently made – which led to the end of her first marriage, the difficulties then endured by her two sons and what she then learnt by the experience of her second marriage.

What was a big mistake that you have made? And when you think about that, ask yourself whether you realised it was a mistake at the time, or only now or as you ponder it, you realise that it was never a mistake after all.

Inspired by Olivia Fane’s “the conversation no 59” – on step-families

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