October 26   

Today's quotation:

There is a fundamental law that the tissue of the human body will waste away through idleness and disuse.  Conversely, muscles and vessels that are stressed grow and increase in capacity.  This same basic law also applies to spiritual and intellectual growth and can be achieved only by continual nourishment and effort in day-to-day living.

Clarence F. Robison

Today's Meditation:

One of the ways that I try to motivate young people to actually learn what they're studying in school is to use the analogy of sports.  In order to become better at a sport, one has to go out and practice over and over again-- it doesn't just happen.  Well, the same thing is true for reading and writing and math and any other intellectual pursuit-- the only way to get better is to practice it, to do it over and over again until it becomes second nature, basically.

We seem to think that just because we know how to read, we're good readers.  I have to design assignment after assignment that shows my students that just because they know how to read doesn't mean that they understand everything they read.  Rather, they need to put some effort into their reading skills-- they need to practice if they want to get better at it.  Until I actually prove it to them, though, they don't see any need for working any harder-- after all, they know how to read, don't they?

"Continual nourishment" are the two words that Clarence uses, and they're a good way to express what's necessary if we want to continue to grow spiritually and intellectually.  It really is a shame if we stop learning and growing, because we're not going to come anywhere near reaching our potential if we're not trying to better ourselves.  We really should be constantly working towards fulfilling our potential, even if we know that we'll never reach our full potential before we die, simply because when we grow, we become better at helping others to grow and to learn and improve, also.

Our spirits are who we are, and it doesn't do anyone any good if we aren't helping our spirits to fulfill their potential.  Let's not be idle, and let's not be lazy.  Let us do our best to improve ourselves through action all the days of our lives so that we can become people who help other people to live their lives fully.  Only if we do this can we truly say that we're living our lives to their potential.

Questions to consider:

What do you do regularly to ensure spiritual and intellectual growth?

How can we grow and improve ourselves without some sort of action?

What kinds of actions can you take today to help yourself to grow?

For further thought:

The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed.  Idleness is its rust.  Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.

Thomas Traherne

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