I was conducting a workshop for the Principals of colleges in Islamabad, Pakistan. I found that one of the participants was very much hostile and was stealing glances from the corner of his eyes, frequently, instead of learning. I found his attitude to be negative towards learning.
This was my observation, during the session, through his body language and few verbal communications, mostly, from his body language.
During tea/coffee break, I asked him to introduce himself.
He said, “I am Dr. R. Sharma, PhD in Economics and Dean of the college from the last ten years and I have an experience of 17 years.”
Again, after this tea/coffee break the session continued….
I asked a participant, “What do you mean by EXPERIENCE?”
The right answer (Almost) was, “Something, which is NEW. Just happening and releasing.”
I further asked, “Do you think it can be in years?”
Audience was dump. They exclaimed, “How can it be in years? Experience if it is in years. Then, how can it be new?”
I asked, “If somebody says that I have the experience of 17 years.”
The audience said, “It is not possible. It is almost wrongly framed.”
The principal, who introduced himself said, “It can be, I have contributed for 17 years in academics.”
I exclaimed, “Ahh! Yes, it is great,” and explained, “But, Experience is always new, always fresh like a blossom, always a learner like an infant.”
“You are experiencing this workshop for the first time. Right! This is a new experience for you. Then, how can it be in years?”
Always remember that you are always experiencing new things in your day-to-day life. Always learning and experiencing something fresh, which you have never gone through it before.