February 15th – “The changes you’re making in your life require more education.”

 

Doesn’t all change require education? Change is about doing something different, challenging yourself, and going into uncharted territory. If we don’t venture into the unknown, how would we ever learn anything new?

Education can take many forms and the biggest lessons I’ve learned didn’t come from school. I’ve gained the most from encountering perspectives different than my own, difficult decisions I’ve made, and experiencing immense moments of pain and joy.

According to my I Ching, Tarot, and birth chart readings, my lot for this lifetime is to gain sage-like wisdom. When I become the sage, success will follow. I am a far cry from it, so it’s no surprise that I’m being directed to continue my education, whatever that means. It’s too bad I can’t transfer any of those educational credits I completed in college to earn that sage-like wisdom!

On learning, Confucius advises, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

I’ve been reflecting a lot, so I don’t mind doing that. Imitation is not particularly exciting to me, but they do say that it’s “the best form of flattery.” The only form of learning I’m not a fan of is of experience. I don’t want to have to suffer and learn the hard way. I hope those days are behind me.

But beggars can’t be choosers. I’ll take those bad experiences any day because, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”  I’m not the wisest and certainly don’t want to be the dumbest!

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