The New in the Old

I believe that in each and every day there is a new lesson waiting to be learned.  Just a few clicks away, a short walk away, a conversation away is something that will blow your mind.  Maybe you’ve gotten too comfortable with the life you have, so let me be the first to tell you that the second you feel you know everything is the first in what will probably be a long line of mistakes and wasted efforts.  There is no way to know everything.   You may know a lot about a topic but you can’t know everything.  It’s simply not possible.

So, of course, you could take the time to pout about it and be frustrated that you can’t be a proverbial island, but I don’t see a point in bothering.  You don’t need to know everything.  As I said at the beginning an unbelievable assortment of options and ideas are just a few clicks away.  And if you took the time to talk to someone else who feels they know everything on a subject, you’ll probably be able to enlighten each other with a few insights.

I know quite a bit about a lot of things, but I will never tell you I know it all.  Even if I think I know it all from a factual basis, there are tons of other perspectives and opinions out there that, while they may not be completely factual, may shine some light on some facts in a way that I never considered before.

The question we each have to answer is are we able to keep our minds open to learning new things and experiencing the world in new ways?  Personally it excites me to know that I can visit another website, open another book, meet another person, drive a couple hours and be in a world unlike any I’ve experienced before.  A simple example is pizza.  Pizza in NYC is different from Chicago pizza which is different from Italian pizza.  Travel the world a dozen times over and you’ll still find new pizzas to try.

It’s not just about variety being the spice of life, but about the fact that victories usually aren’t made while sitting still.  You may cheer your team to World Series victory from your easy chair but there are men and women working very hard on and off the field to make that success happen.  What will you choose to explore today that has been part of your life for longer than you can remember?

“It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.”  Mickey Mantle

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