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Midweek Meditation: Aging Saints and Paradigm Shifts

lather-rinse-repeatSeveral years ago I heard a pastor use the quote, “Doing the same thing over and over again in the same way, and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity.” And although I’ve found tracking down its original author to be hopeless, I have found  plenty of appropriate times to apply the quotation.

However, upon reflection, I think ‘insanity‘ may be too strong a word.  Call it foolishness instead. For instance, I’ve pointed out to piano students that practicing the same  phrase over and over in the same way (i.e., without stopping to correct the mistake) and expecting to be able to play it correctly, is foolish.

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