Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Relaxing Under the Sun - The Race

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I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes (another is Sirach). Both books, especially Sirch (a.k.a. Ecclesiasticus) are chock full of the kind of wisdom you can't get anywhere else, that no matter what your parents do, they can't spoon-feed enough into you while growing up. The "race is not to the swift...." quote came to mind as I took a moment to reflect while crafting the Project SHARE blog entry (why? It seems funny that schools are now embracing Project SHARE when free, open source course management solutions are available. It doesn't matter what course/learning management system you used before, you'll soon be using PS...and, it's immaterial if you're an expert in Moodle, you now must learn PS).

The reflection was quite simple--there's just no way to catch up. The world is racing way too fast, and no matter our best efforts, we can't learn everything we need to know. Ok, let me put that another. No matter how much I try to learn, I can't learn it fast enough to learn the next thing. Yes, I knew this already...that's part of why I blog. But ideas and information are coming up faster than I can blog it, and sure enough, faster than I can apply it to living.

What does that mean for me? It means, slow down. Relax. Enjoy the learning as it happens. The twitter feed, everything that is happening, even if we can somehow get to the pinnacle, there's another mountain to climb...enjoy it.
"I want you to think about your life as an hourglass...thousands of grains pass slowly and evenly thru the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I do could do would make more than one grain of sand pass thru this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass.... 
When we we start in the morning, there are hundreds of tasks which we feel we must accomplish that day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains sands passing thru the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical or mental structure."Source: As cited in Dale Carnegie's "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living"
It's getting late. Time to relax and then learn anew.
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