The following is a picture of a lesson concerning early morning procedures. Jeremy, Glen, Lizandra, Dwayne and myself were on this day.
The days lessons included training and practice on putting up various types of tarps as well as building fires.
I find that I have often learned best from my outdoor failures. I failed miserably at making a fire but learned a heck of a lot and after making some minor equipment adjustments, practicing some more with my existing equipment and then with my new equipment I will be far more savvy at making a fire and will probably qualify as a strong intermediate fire maker. The real experts can start with literally nothing in the way of matches, lighters, or carried tinder and still get a fire started by doing something like rubbing sticks together. Getting to this expert level can take days of training and practice though. For now I will settle for making sure I take good fire making supplies and train enough to be a strong intermediate fire starter.
On a personal development level it is sometimes healthy to have an ego crushing epic fail. Reminds you that you always have a lot more to learn. Builds character and you can never have too much of that.
The picture below is selfishly mostly for me. It is a reminder of what will always be a very cherished memory of a fellow steward holding this object in front of their face, staring at it while turning it around in the air in order to see all its angles and then looking at me and with the most honest open mind quizzical look asking what is this? Of course I could not see my own face but I know inside my brain I was reeling from an equally total sense of befuddlement over the meaning of the question. A visual koan. Seconds after this fest of mutual befuddlement, the light went on in the other stewards brain that it was a pen. My befuddlement over what the steward meant asking "Whats this?" turned to a conceptual understanding that they really had not realized it was a pen. One of those random but very special moments that happens in life.
I was thinking later that it is a shame that there was not a way to purposely cause and exploit that state of truly seeing an object with no prior preconceptions. Once we surround an object with definitions we lose an ability to really see it. I do not draw much but I have always been amazed that when I have had to draw something I "see" all kinds of things that I had looked at but not recognized.