What Have You Learned Today?

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Today I am writing from Dallas where I continue my quest to raise seven-hundred-fifty-thousand dollars to convert the “Kilns” CS Lewis home in Oxford, into a year around study Center. (As of today we have three-hundred-thirty-thousand dollars in commitments! If you might be interested in participating contact me). I envision future generations benefiting by embracing the spiritual, intellectual and artistic mix found in Lewis and his dear friend Tolkien.

The promotion of my new book, ” Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” continues including a nice mention in Newsweek last week and a reading at University Book Store’s Spirituality Series here in Seattle (last months speaker was Bishop Spong so I am in interesting company!)

An interviewer last week had been reading my daily observations in this blog so she simply asked, “What have you learned today?”

Now you’ve probably noticed my blogs have been updated less frequently and part of that is because my days have been filled with “outputs” with less time for my regular inputs. There have been many days where my regular inputs have been in place, but I simply haven’t found time to record them here. What I like about her question is the assumption that we CAN learn something new everyday. As a matter of fact, for me part of life’s adventure is the daily acquisition of new information, which after thought becomes knowledge and after personal application becomes wisdom.

In her book, “Thinking in the Future Tense,” Jennifer James includes this inspiring story.In the ancient Malaysian city of Malacca, adjacent to the Anglican church, stands a graveyard. Among the headstones is that of Jacob Shamier who, excited at the prospect of travel and wanderlust, entered the world of international trade at the age of sixteen and died in 1774 at the age of twenty-nine. On a small bronze plate are etched words crafted in life by a man so hungry for learning he desired more even after death. “Tell me the news. My father was an Armenian trader, born in Rome. My mother was born of Greek and Persian parents. I was born in Istanbul. Stand on my grave and tell me the news of the world”

I find instant kinship with a life-long learner who desires to extend his learning even beyond the grave!

Every day the world offers up exciting new artifacts; art, music, books, magazines, newspapers, events and conversations. Every day we should be able to answer enthusiastically when asked, “What have you learned today!”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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