Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gonna Get It Wrong Before I Get it Right

Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into something positive. Of course real progress involves growing and developing, which involves changing inside.
-Benjamin Hoff,
The Tao of Pooh

Just when you think you've got it right, just when you think you've overcome the last hurdle, up comes another one. You might think that you've been given ample opportunities to learn your lessons , but, well, you've got to learn your lessons well. And it may take multiple pop-quizzes, and planned tests before we finally learn the curriculum.

And the curriculum,unfortunately is ever expanding. There are no shortages of lessons to be learned, and no shortages of trials to overcome. They come in every shape and size, and One size doesn't fit all. In fact, all tests are tailor made, to our unique learning style. If we are visual learners, we are shown what we need to know, maybe again, and again and again, before we actually open our eyes and see it. If we are auditory learners, we may be given our lesson in song, or verse, or sermon, or lecture, or in the conversation of the passer-by. Maybe even the words of a child. And when our ears are clear of waxy build up, we'll hear our own unique message loud and clear. If we are kinesthetic learners we'll physically feel our lessons, With hands-on going through the motions actions--and there are as many ways to physically learn our lessons as there are books to read.


And if we are book learners-- learning our lessons through the countless barrage of words we are exposed to everyday-- from billboards to books to magazines, to love letters and letters of regret; letters of sympathy and letters of foreclosure--we'll be shown what we need to know, and when we finally see it, we will know.

-Thales (635 BC - 543 BC)

The master teacher works in mysterious ways, and he knows precisely how we're equipped to receive, so he instructs us each in our own unique ways, and he patiently waits, delivering pop-quiz upon pop-quiz, so that we'll be prepared for mid terms, and final exams. And there is never any need to fret, for we'll always be given lots of opportunities to bring up our grades;)

"Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him."
- Cicero (106 BC - 43BC)

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