Ruth Scott


“Experience is not what happens to you.  Experience is what you do with what happens to you.”

A Sunday homily from Pause for Thought by Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond, reflecting on the dividends of life’s calamities

  • “Recently we were visited at school by the Watoto Ugandan Orphans Children’s Choir. They were absolutely brilliant. They sang and danced with vibrancy and vitality and were a joy to behold. The youngest members are only 6 years old and they had moving stories to tell of abandonment, maltreatment, starvation and the death of parents. Today they’re part of the Watoto community and they speak of new families and opportunities that have changed their lives and surrounded them with love. They’re a real inspiration. Through my work I meet many people who’ve been through great trauma as the victims of violence and suffering. Time and again I’m blown away by how they’ve transformed tragedy into something extraordinarily creative. I was struck this week by the courage of Gabrielle Gifford, the former US politician and shooting victim. Still recovering from the attempt on her life 2 years ago, her slow speech to the Senate committee showed her deep strength of spirit. Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World and no stranger to personal suffering wrote, “Experience is not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.’”