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Keep on Learnin'

To those who have decided to improve upon their current condition by acquiring a new skill, I offer the words of others to spur you onward:

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon. -Alexander Pope

I can dream of myself as a painter with the perfect technique I've read in a book, but that dream cannot be realized without painting. -Jimbo

You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something. -H.G. Wells

Learning can suck because I have to admit I don't know something first. -Jimbo

Now for my short testimonial, as strange as it may be. First a poorly recorded tune for your listening pleasure while I go on:


I was 15 or 16 when I invented my own prayer. In recent years I've stopped the practice to my own detriment, but I will credit the DP Community for helping me remember what I had forgotten as I re initiate the practice. It went something like this:

"I'm not responsible for my own existence. Thank you for my existence.
I'm not responsible for the air that keeps me alive. Thank you for the air.
I did not create my body, and I do not understand it. Thank you for my body.
Because I cannot do anything on my own, thank you for these blessings.
Thank you in advance for giving me a voice which rings perfect in your ears.
Thank you in advance for giving me the fingers to play a song which rings perfect in your ears.
Thank you."

When I started this practice, I had never taken a voice or piano lesson. To this day, I've had 6 voice lessons and 3 piano lessons. I have learned them from the horses mouth, so to speak. I allowed the piano to teach me, and I allowed my voice to teach me. In my professional life, I've allowed my computer to teach me web development. I've also done some wonky things like imbuing my fingers with individual life and naming them after famous classical composers and musicians.

I've found that inanimate objects are very shy. If you know them only from the words of others, you don't know them at all. When you ask them to reveal their secrets, they will in their own time. In learning, confusion is your very best friend and frustration your very worst enemy. Confusion signifies a contrite heart and an acknowledgement of your shortcomings while frustration signifies an out of control ego which thinks everything should come without paying the price.

For myself, I'm on a different journey this year because my bag of tricks is filled while being infrequently used for the benefit of others. Time for Jimbo to rediscover compassion, love, and joy. Time for Jimbo to spread around a little light.

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Michael Nystrom's picture


Because I came by to hear this again after seeing your latest thread.

There is something, not only so beautiful, but also voyeuristic about this.

It is so intimate. We see your cat walking by in the background.

I have two friends back in Seattle who play piano for me. For an audience of one. And I love it.

So this is nice because it reminds me of being home, with them. The form is the same.

Thank you.

He's the man.


for some extra nastalgia:


I love that tune.

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Thanks, Jimbo!

This X-Mas, my 9 yr old got a Rainbow Loom...its a series of pegs you attach little rubber bands to in different configurations that make bracelets. She got frustrated with it so I went on YT to find a tutorial on one of the more challenging designs. Initially the motivation for me was to learn so I could teach her but she wasn't interested so it became about me...learning something new & challenging for it's own sake. I got frustrated but persevered & the sense of accomplishment when I finally got it was great! No, I have no interest in learning to make bracelets that tween girls wear but the PRACTICE of learning something new for it's own sake was well worth my time!

Learning to self-teach

Is the most important life skill and never taught in public school.

How can one claim to think independently and critically without that skill?

Without it people are nothing but parrots; repeaters. In society, these people generally will always defend the status quo. It is what they have been taught, it's their core beliefs. They've never been taught to question what they are taught.

And unfortunately many scientists are among the worst offenders.

Especially concerning junk science (ie guesswork based on studies, anthropology, archaeology, product 'science' in the marketplace, certain vaccines and drugs, etc.)

This sadly covers probably 60% of all science, this junk science.

Studies should only be used to generate a hypothesis, but these days they are considered 'proof' in and of themselves.

I know Nystrom hates it when I bash science, but it has to be said. :P

This is a great post

Really good food for thought on a Sunday morning, thanks!

" Confusion signifies a contrite heart and an acknowledgement of your shortcomings while frustration signifies an out of control ego which thinks everything should come without paying the price."

Very, VERY well said.

Thanks for sharing brother!

Right back at you!

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Well done Jimbo! Not everyone can accompany themselves on the piano! It's hard...thank you for uplifting my mood this evening I am grateful that you shared...


If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

HIGHER GROUND (Powers, keep on lying...)


People---keep on learnin'
Soldiers---keep on warrin'
World---keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long

Powers---keep on lyin'
While your people---keep on dyin'
World---keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long

So darn glad He let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
So glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin'---Till I reach the highest ground

Teachers---keep on teachin'
Preachers---keep on preachin'
World---keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long---Oh, no!

Lovers---keep on lovin'
Believers---keep on believin'
Sleepers---just stop sleepin'
Cause it won't be too long---Oh, no!

Till I reach the highest ground...

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul


was going through a rough spot... now i've been reminded that it's all part of learning.

thanks for the post.

Encore!Encore! :) Liked your

Encore!Encore! :)

Liked your pick, has a jazz/blues quality to it, i think, dont know the right term probabably but i know what i like, and jazz/blues quality best describes it for me, as your pick does too, i am really into that kind of music these days, makes me feel

Thanks Gomez.

I'll try to get something more recent recorded to post up this weekend or next (this is 2 years old I think). I'm a sucker for older jazzy blues. Found this tune in a super old fake-book.

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

No please do, "older jazzy

No please do, "older jazzy blues.", im finding myself a fan too, dont go recent on my account, stick to the music that you "feel" in your bones, is the best way i can describe it, music with a soul.....damn im getting increasingly cheesy in my not so younger days

Play brother, play it with a soul......ughhh, case in point, see, cheesy :)......wont stop me though :)

not exactly what i mean, but

not exactly what i mean, but its in the ballpark, plus i can appreciate the art and skill


A couple quotes...

I've come to learn to enjoy the process itself. Progress is stumbling forward with constant improvement. Joel Salatin had some good things to say about this.

"If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly first; because if you don’t do it poorly first, you never get skilled in doing it."
~ Joel Salatin

Here is another good quote.

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Nice brother.

I see your kitty enjoyed it also. I am going from singing in rock bands in years past to doing my first Cantor gig at church tomorrow. I am singing "Christ In Me
Arise" by Trevor Thomson.


Hope the cantor gig went

well! I did some organ playing at churches in years past. That kitty always liked music, but he was an old-timer. R.I.P. Max

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

It did go well.

Thank you. I brought some rock edge to church on Sunday. Got many positive comments and it was fun.

Great stuff

Best post I've read in a while!


I take that as a high compliment coming from you. I've been humbled by the fantastic discourse between you and dwalters. I was going to mention this in another thread, but have you ever read "Critique of Practical Reason" by Kant? You might have penned it in a past life.

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Thanks. I think I bought it

Thanks. I think I bought it used when I was like 15 but I don't think I made it through, which I now regret. I'll have to find it.

Wow, wow, wow

Thank you for sharing this with us, glad I checked in before bed time.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

You are

very welcome quilt! I wish you pleasant dreams and a bright day tomorrow.

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Jimbo is off to a great start!

He's the man.

Thank you Michael and

kudos to you for your bold move on the site. I stepped away for a couple weeks and I was pleasantly surprised. I can't exactly put it into words yet, but it instantly felt 'safer' and less crowded by repeaters if that makes any sense. Of course I could be projecting what I'd like to see. Either way, same effect, and I think things could get interesting around here.

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Safer, yes.

That is exactly the feeling I want. Like being with understanding people, who aren't going to attack you for having a different opinion.

I'm glad this came through through my cryptic remarks.

And the best part is that you're taking action! I am happy to be a part of that, to act as a cosmic billiard ball.

I think things are going to get weird around here. In a good way.


He's the man.