November 20    

Today's quotation:

Itís the individuals who know how little they know about themselves who stand a reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.

S.I. Hayakawa

Today's Meditation:

We generally don't try to find something out if we feel we know enough about it already.  We won't go out of our ways to learn more if we think there's nothing more to learn.  And most people tend not to think about the possibility that they don't know much about themselves; after all, who knows more about us than we ourselves?

But isn't it true that this isn't necessarily so?  How much of our time each day is spent focused on things that are outside of ourselves-- jobs and relationships and problems and responsibilities, those million-and-one things that keep us thinking about things other than who we are, what we think is important, what's valuable to us as human beings?  And if we stay focused on those things outside of ourselves, how can we possibly learn a lot about things that are inside of us?

Only when we acknowledge the possibility that we may not know a lot about ourselves can we actually think about learning something about ourselves.  And there's so much there to learn-- so many beautiful, interesting, fascinating, and perhaps even scary things to learn.  But in our limited time on this planet, it's unfortunate that so few people will take the time and make the effort to do so.

Our first step is quite simple-- accept the fact that much of who we are is a mystery to us.  Then all we have to do is start to work on unraveling the mystery and learning about this wonderful person we each are.  It's potentially the most rewarding work we ever can do, so why wait until tomorrow to start learning about someone who's so very close to us?

Questions to consider:

How much time do you actually spend trying to get to know more about yourself?

What does it mean to you to get to know yourself better?

Why might you know less about who you are than you know about your job or your favorite hobby?

For further thought:

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.  If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.

from the Tao Te Ching

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