Christine had great story about how she ended up driving to Naples (See comments) to see a movie because of a plane landing on I-75. Unfortunately, she didn’t remember the movie! While I could make a comment about the quality of movies in general, this entry is not about that…
One of my favorite sayings is ‘Life is what happens while you wait for your plans to develop’ (or something like that). I find that it’s interesting that most people remember the journey much better than they remember the destination. In fact, the journey usually teaches us far more than the end result. Case in point… I’m starting to teach my friend Rick how to play the guitar. Usually when you teach someone, the point is to learn something specific, ie, how to play a song, how to play a lead, etc… Ultimately, though, what a student should learn is HOW TO GET TO THEIR GOAL FOR THEMSELVES. Unfortunately, it took ME a long time to figure this out. I hope that I can impart that concept better than my teachers.
Ok, back to the point… it just strikes me as interesting that the journey is usually much more important than the end result. As a programmer, I have to debug programs. I LIKE to do this. But, I remember what is required to find/fix the bug rather than the bug itself. In fact, the bug is NOT the important thing, understanding WHY the bug happened is FAR more important, so that next time I can write code that doesn’t exhibit the bug.
Last stupid saying for this post… ‘Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life’