May I never, ever stop learning. May I never
stop discovering new things, new ways of looking at old
things, new perspectives on beliefs that have become
entrenched in my mind and heart. I want to
constantly renew myself until the day I die, for only if I
do so will I be able to help others with problems and
issues that they're going through. If I stop
learning, then I'll have to stop teaching, as otherwise
all that I teach will be old and irrelevant to the people
who need to learn what I have to teach.
If I do stop learning, I'm telling the world
"Enough! I don't want any more of what you have
to give me. I don't want any more of your gifts, and
I don't want to grow any more." And while
Lillian's last six words may seem to be harsh, aren't we
committing a form of suicide when we stop learning?
Aren't we just passing time and using up oxygen if we stop
learning from these wonderful lives of ours?
I have a choice about learning over the next year: I
can keep my eyes and my mind and my heart open and get as
much as I can from the other people with whom I'm sharing
this planet, or I can shut down, watch TV all the time for
entertainment and to pass time, and just kind of exist.
This year is over, except for today's learning. And
today can serve as a good time to reflect on just what we
have learned over the last year, just how we've changed as
people. Have we learned more compassion and love,
and how to show that love and compassion, or have we
learned more anger and hatred, and how to express those
things? If we know what we've learned so far and how
we feel about that, we can find a direction or three to
focus our inquiry over the next twelve months.
This coming year can be your best ever. You can
learn more in the next twelve months than you ever have
before. You just have to choose to do so.