“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”
— Carl T. Rowan
One of my greatest desires it the feeling of Freedom. I have learned that freedom is not free. The price I pay for freedom is the responsibility to learn and to serve.
As I age I notice my desire to come closer to unconditional love. That desire is accompanied by a fear that I will never know enough, experience enough or be enough to reach that highest of plateaus. What I am gleaning is to accept what I am and know that the river of learning in my life flows not through the mainland of my time here on earth, but through the history of my soul in the universe.
When I acknowledge that I am always learning I acknowledge that I am perfectly imperfect. As long as my heart and mind remain open to the newness of life and the idea that there is always an unanswered question, I know I am being perfected one moment at a time.
One of my mentors has suggested that the art of appreciative inquiry will always lead to a bountiful life because wisdom is already present and all I need do is be willing to demonstrate my gratitude for its presence. For in that presence questions are evolving as I am. As I ask, I grow.
I live in the mystery of dying. Each passing moment is a different set of circumstances that produces its own mystery. As I die, I am renewed, changed, and enlightened. I view learning as an exercise in allowing my imagination to have its way with me, to benefit from the experience of the wisdom left to me at this moment by my ancestors and by the source of all being, whose care for me lies in this mystery.
My gratitude for learning grows with each question, answered or unanswered because it is the synergy between what is known and what is unknown. It is what stretches me in connection with all life. Learning is the glue that holds the paradox of formal and informal education which stand back to back, facing opposite directions, while having the same destination of my fulfillment.
Life is all about evolution. What looks like a mistake to others has been a milestone in my life. Even if people have betrayed me, even if my heart was broken, even if people misunderstood or judged me, I have learned from these incidents. We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from them is what makes the difference.
— Amisha Patel
Granted. I am not a Bollywood actress, yet what is true for Amisha Patel is also true for me. I am human and I make mistakes. I also do not view mistakes as the end result, but the lesson from which my grow is originating. Has it always been this way for me? No, but I have seen and experienced the magic of expansion by observing that this life is not static and if I open myself to the possibilities and remain joyfully expectant in the face of adversity, I can overcome virtually any circumstance.
I am inspired by “what is,” because I know there is a pearl of collective wisdom present, waiting, and beckoning to be known. I, therefore, call out to this wisdom to reveal itself through the veil that is this life and to invite in me…just one more question!
Bless you, for showing up here at this moment and for investing your precious time with me. May you have reaped a nugget to carry with you to the next portal.