Life as an Equation

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce  “Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – Kevin Arnold

“If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.” – John Heywood

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis

Ok class… be seated. Today we will review a little nuclear physics theory, particularly a couple of things called Binding Energy, and Mass Defect.

From Wikipedia (

“A general and simple description of nuclear binding energy is the energy required to break apart, split, or break down, the nucleus of the atom into its component parts (nucleons), i.e. neutrons and protons. If the binding energy for the products is higher when light nuclei fuse, or when heavy nuclei split, either of these processes will result in a release of the “extra” binding energy, and this energy is referred to as nuclear energy. It is also loosely called nuclear power.

The mass of the atom’s nucleus is always less than the sum of the individual masses of the constituent protons and neutrons. This notable difference is a measure of the nuclear binding energy, which is a result of forces that hold the nucleus together.”

What does this mean to us and our lives? Well, in my oh so humble opinion, I think that yes where we are in life is nothing more than a sum of all the experiences we have had. But if we were to weigh each and every experience, there’s something missing in our lives. We are a little less than the sum of the individual experiences. Why is this you may ask? I think the equivalent to the nuclear binding energy is love. And it’s love that takes each experience, both bad and good, and incorporates it into the core of our being, our heart if you will. I know that everything that has happened to me, and because of me, I can relate to and gain insight and wisdom from. How is this? A loved one lost, or a love lost, how can this work to the good? Well, probably not very quickly, we all have our periods of absorption, some periods longer than others maybe because of the hurtfulness of the experience, but eventually even the bad times are woven into the tapestry of the person we are! The Bayeux Tapestry is an important part of history, showing important details of history all painstakingly woven into the tapestry. Who and what would we be without this tapestry of our life?? Well, if you’ve ever seen a loveless person, you may start to understand. Without love, how can you see and weave these things into your life? I say you can’t.  And that is sad. As I grow older, I want to have a vivid and ornate tapestry, and I hope all who really know me, and occasionally see a part of that tapestry showing in my life… But most importantly, I want that tapestry to help guide me in the future. To not make as big of mistakes and errors… over and over again. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Now just make a mark on the Love — Fear line where you think this is.

As you were.

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