October 25, 2012

Still Learning



If I should die tomorrow, I can still learn something tonight. The great painter Paul Cezanne said this just before his death that he was finally beginning to understand painting. Always be on a quest to learn. Standing still is for stagnant water. Those who think they know enough do not know enough to know that learning should never end. We cannot be so busy teaching that we forget to learn. There is so much the Dao can teach us. You never grow too old to learn. Unfortunately, some people’s desire ebbs. We learn in school but we learn so much more outside of it. Where does the greatest learning take place? All natural things in the universe are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. They have much to teach us. We do not need to translate dusty old books or find sages on mountaintops. Everything around us has a story to tell, a lesson to share. The greatest professors are the raindrops that fall, the snow that falls, the river that passes by our feet. Look at a sunrise, a misty rain, frost on the grass, and more. It is the inquisitive mind that finds the crevices that contain valuable information; the inquisitive mind that seeks out the nuances of life. It is the same mind that can find the Dao in everything.

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