Knowledge is Personal

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

Carl Jung

—A personal journey through the “K” word.

I think the old bumper car is kicking into overdrive. My journey through education is making more and more sense, as the fragments of information—that I’ve learned in various classes—are beginning to connect. The ‘bigger picture’ is coming into focus, and I could not be more excited!

God’s timing really is perfect. If I had gone to college straight out of high school, with the same mindset that I had at that age, I think it would have been in vain. I wasn’t exactly wise back then.

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.

Japanese Proverb

That being said, my “K” word for the Alphabet Game is: Knowledge.

What I love about knowledge is the fact that there is so much of it to explore, and so many areas to choose from. Everyone has their own thoughts and interests, and each interest is associated with some form of knowledge. That being said… I have a confession to make.

I dropped out of my drawing class. While I do believe we are capable of learning things that seem difficult to us at first, I also know that it requires focus, hard work, and lots and lots of practice, practice… practice. Honestly, I don’t have the desire to spend my energy on drawing right now. Not to mention the fact that I’m not very good at it. Ha-ha!

I’m not dissing myself here, either. I LOVE my other classes, and I want to give them my full, undivided attention. Drawing can wait, and I’m happy that I made the wise decision to opt out of it (for now).

Something that struck me lately is that we all have such unique gifts, and we’re all on such different paths. I mean, I knew that already, but what I realized recently is that sharing my own experiences—so that others might learn from them—may not be as ideal as I once thought. The quote below is what really set this thought in motion.

Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.

Oswald Chambers

Maybe—like Jung stated in his quote—people gain knowledge (and wisdom) in their own way, and from their own mistakes, just like I’ve learned (and continue to learn) from my own mistakes. We’re not here to mimic each other. If that were the case we’d be a society of robots! God leads us through our journey, and each person’s journey is original, creative, and absolutely precious. It’s personal.

I guess you could say that I love knowledge because it’s personal as well. Discovering what I’m good at; what I’m capable of; what I was created to do; and how I can use what I’m good at to help others is—by far—the most exciting juncture in my journey so far. It’s personal indeed, and it’s a tiny fragment of a much bigger picture; a picture that I’m thrilled to be a part of.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

It also boils down to another “K” word: Kindness. Be kind to others who are on “their own” journey. It may not look like yours, but it belongs to them. They deserve (and need) kindness as they travel their own path, and kindness ripples—from you to them, and then from them to those that they meet.

Maybe, with so many people, on so many different paths, kindness (like love) is the glue that binds us all together—it keeps us connected.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found something useful (or enjoyable) here. And remember to be kind… it’s contagious!

I’ll see you around soon for the letter “L.”

Peace & love!!

The featured image is my own, just a little something to express my feelings about knowledge. It whirls around our mind, adding color and excitement to an otherwise dark void. In our thinking, we choose to retain some of the knowledge that comes in, and we let some of it (that we consider false, or useless) to drift away. How we grow depends on these choices. It’s personal.