Keep on Learnin'Submitted by phantasm on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 01:45
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.
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.