"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." ~Albert Einstein
"I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus." ~Phil 1.6 (GWT)
Throughout my life, I've been exposed to many learning opportunities. I'm ashamed to admit that I let most of them pass by without so much as a nod.
Recently though, I've learned to slow down a bit - perhaps due to age (I've heard that it goes with the territory). Not necessarily physically, but more-so mentally, spiritually and emotionally - you know, the internal stuff.
I've also become generally more tolerant and accepting of life and people in general. This has been very liberating for me because I am allowing myself to experience new and diverse individuals whose personalities and points of view I would have simply dismissed as delusional in the past.
I have made friends with some very generous and kind souls who are teaching me a the value of diversity on so many levels. For this I am so thankful.
I have also been retaught several lessons that I should have retained after having learned them so many times in the course of my life. But guess what, we all need a refresher every now and then and that's just fine with me.
Does this mean that I have tossed my core beliefs and am embracing some new philosophy? Not at all. As a matter of fact, I believe God is the One making the changes in my perspective possible. For this I am so thankful.
I am beginning a new semester in life's university and I hope it is one of many to come.
There's the bell...
Time for class.