Once upon a time, I graduated from college. A number of years later, I completed graduate studies in a specialized field. It seemed logical to me that my learning was at an end. Two young children were my priority and I had accomplished my academic goals. That conclusion remained in place for about thirty seconds.
All of my career positions included the mastery of a considerable amount of learning. In some cases, I could have survived with less, but adequacy has never been an option. In more than one position, I sought advanced licensing and expertise that were not required.
Now that I have achieved what I wanted in my professional life, I suppose that I can rest. But knowledge is as crucial to me as food and water. If you stop learning, you stop growing. The question becomes, what constitutes growth?
Is it more money, more happiness, more security or more self-confidence? Is more the same as better? Ultimately, we are like all other living creatures. Plants need to grow in some fashion in order to survive. How are we any different?
With information, we gain additional tools toward greater competence. As role models, we can improve, letting our children know that they must always continue learning and growing. The best method for doing so is by discussing our various methods for acquiring knowledge. And what’s the alternative? We become stagnant with the status quo.
If you review our history as a civilization, if we hadn’t wanted to investigate and develop, we would be enjoying none of our advancements. Do we reach a point in our lives where we don’t need to grow and learn? To me, the answer is always no.
What does that say about rest? If we are always learning and growing, when do we relax and enjoy the improvements and accomplishments? The answer is that learning and growing should not be work. Sir Francis Bacon was the first to say, “Knowledge is power.” Understand that this is not power over others. It’s all about the control we have over reaching whatever goals we create through maximizing sensibilities. Don’t stop learning unless you believe that there is nothing to learn. Under no circumstances will I ever reach that place. Shalom.