Diane Warren is a songwriting powerhouse, penning memorable favorites for performers such as Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Elton John and even Meat Loaf.
One that’s been resonating with me lately is sung by Underwood entitled, “Lessons Learned” (it was also recently covered by Broadway darling Kristin Chenoweth).
Here’s a sampling:
There’s some things that I regret, some words I wish had gone unsaid,
Some starts, that had some bitter endings,
Been some bad times I’ve been through, damage I cannot undo,
Some things, I wish I could do all over again,
But it don’t really matter, life gets that much harder,
It makes you that much stronger,
Oh, some pages turned, some bridges burned,
But there were, lessons learned.
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I’d get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I’m thankful, for every break in my heart,
I’m grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned, Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.
Life is all about making decisions and taking risks – following that little voice inside of you that helps guide your way through the darkness. But taking chances is always a gamble and few of us have been spared disappointment from failing.
But I’m starting to understand that the only things we should truly classify as “failures” are those in which no lessons were learned. Life will never be perfect and sometimes things don’t always work out the way we planned. Accept that, move forward and make sure that the lessons you’ve learned have made you stronger.