Tis the season of . . . Final exams. Many college students are in the muck in the mire of exams. They are being tested on the entire semester of learning to determine their mastery of the subject. Some subjects are easier than others. Some weeks are easier than others. Some people test better than others. No matter how easy or hard the experience is, we all know that it is a cumulative experience. The exam builds on the learning for the entire class.
The cumulative experience is more than just the class. The finals experience is a cumulative experience of learning and life in general. How did you learn to study and take notes? It will affect your exam. How did you learn to manage your time? It will affect your exam. How do you deal with personal issues? It will affect your exam.
The same is true for our lives and the lives of others. It is all cumulative. The experiences of your life add up to the person you are. The joys and trials of your life have prepared you for this moment in your life. What you do with all of the cumulative experiences is up to you. You can choose to learn from the difficulties. You can choose to empathize with others. You can choose to offer hope and encouragement to those around you. The way you live will have an effect on the lives of others.
It is cumulative.