Back to School: Life Lessons

There are certain times throughout the year when we sense that we have a chance at a fresh start.  Some people feel the opportunity to “begin again” comes with the New Year, a new season, holidays like the upcoming Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah, or for many, their own birthday.

In our culture, the end of summer also brings us to the time we often refer to as “back to school,” and while not all of us are returning to classrooms for a new school year, it is ingrained in each of us raised and educated in the Northern Hemisphere that this time to shift gears and recommit to our learning.  After all, our education shouldn’t stop with the end of our school years; we should never stop growing and learning from life.

In fact, it can be argued that the most critical learning is the kind we achieve outside of classrooms, through our life experiences.  In Emmanuel’s Book: A Guide for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos, it says, “The purpose of life is exploration. Adventure. Learning. Pleasure. And another step towards home.”

What are we to make of our lives? What should we do during our brief time on this planet? We could live out our years in a trance, biding time and aiming nowhere. Or, we can identify with beauty and grace, enrich our lives with experiences, never stop growing and seeking to fulfill a higher purpose, and return home with the lessons we have learned along the way.

I’d leave you to ponder that…

Michael

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