Monday, February 3, 2014

School Is Not Enough

There is a familiar saying in the writing world, “Writing is re-writing.”

As a writer, I do believe that the first draft of any written work is barely ever satisfactory and you have to go through a series of revisions along the way before you settle on a final draft. 

I believe the same idea must be applied to learning.  

Learning is re-learning.

The more I learn about life and spirituality, the more I realize how little I knew. Until a few years ago, I thought learning stopped when school stopped. I was so off base. 

I thought that because I did pretty well in school and sacrificed my fair share of time to academics, I knew pretty much all there was for me to know about life. Not to mention all the tidbits of knowledge I got from family and friends along the way. I was convinced I had it in the bag. I was annoyingly naïve. 

I knew a bit, but there was A WHOLE LOT I definitely hadn’t figured out. I now know the truth about learning: It never ends. 

It doesn’t stop when school stops. It doesn’t stop when you’re 25 or 50 or 70. No, learning is a lifelong process. The more you learn the more you realize you really don’t know much and you need to know more. We always have room for growth. 

Just like re-writing, as you go through life you re-learn. You add new information, you erase some old information, and you re-structure the rest. As you grow in knowledge and wisdom, you inevitably change and improve the quality of what you know. Our job is to open our minds and hearts up to new information, new thoughts, new ideas, and new ways of observing the world through divine eyes. And by ‘new’ I mean ‘positive and productive’.

You can re-learn from anyone and anything at any time. 

You can re-learn how to exercise patience from dealing with a rowdy child. You can re-learn how to exercise faith and gratitude from dealing with a medical illness like cancer. You can re-learn how to exercise kindness and compassion from dealing with people you don’t like. You can re-learn that you're not perfect, and you need to be spiritually mindful at all times, from the moments you stumble and act negatively towards others. (I was reminded of this one just a few days ago.) You can re-learn how to love yourself and others from exercising forgiveness and abstaining from judgment of yourself and others. You can re-learn the mistakes not to make by looking at those who’ve suffered the consequences of going down an unsavory path.

Learning is re-learning. 

You can re-learn from anyone and anything at any time. 

And you should. 
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  1. I completely agree, you are learning and changing your entire lifetime. The reality is the academics/school does not prepare you for "real life" and real life is always throwing new curve balls at you.
    I think the best lesson I have learned from life is to take things as they come and go with where life leads you instead of fighting the current

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    1. Thank you Nicola/: I especially love, "I think the best lesson I have learned from life is to take things as they come and go with where life leads you instead of fighting the current."

      I had such a big issue with this. I LOVED resisting life and always fought to control it/force it to fit into my "plans". After I got sick of the heartache and chaos that behavior came with, I decided it was time to change.

      I am learning more about gratitude and living in the NOW. Since the year began I've been telling myself, "I must get comfortable with being uncomfortable".

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