When I Should Be Studying

I start this sentence, extend this sentence and now continue this sentence for no reason other than to delay yet more the commencement of my final college assignment for the year, due now in a little over thirty-eight hours. I giggle at the irony in the topic of today’s reading: Motivation.

As I trawl the bore of management jargon found within the pages of the now, in my eyes at least, infamous ‘Samson & Daft’ text, I look out to the blue skies and crashing waves and wonder why on earth I ever dreamed of continuing my studies for another three, maybe four, years.

Sure, there is much more that I could learn from continued study though for me the most crucial lessons from this course were from no textbook but rather from succeeding in my commitment to getting it done. 

There is not much for me to write this morning; I do really need to get back to my readings. The truth is, I’ve written more here in this blog over the past fifteen minutes than I have in the pending assessment piece (only 1800 words to go there…).

So, I’ll conclude with this, an excerpt from my journal last week:

“Knowledge alone is futile without efforts toward a richer understanding. Though even understanding has little practical use without application. Only through the application of knowledge’s derivative comes wisdom; not in knowing what to do or what something is, but why it is so, most importantly, why it is not something else.”

PJ.

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Understanding The Seasons Of Life

Today I sit in this quaint Surry Hills cafe. I have my laptop and journal laid out on the table in front of me. There’s little room spare for my enormous coffee. A necessity for me today!

The weather of late has been glorious. Days at the beach have become the norm; broken up only by quick trips to the nearest smoothie bar for some refreshment and hydration.

Though today could not have been any more different!

This morning my umbrella was retrieved from the depths of my wardrobe and dusted off as torrential rain flooded the streets. It’s still hot as hell though and I’m sweating just as much as I would normally. But I am spared from the guilt that would normally accompany an adventure so far from my sea-side flat.

I love the beach. I love the feeling of the cold water against my skin; the loving, refreshing and reinvigorating sensation that awakens my spirit and energizes my soul. I love the feeling I find when floating peacefully behind the break of the waves. I detach myself from the realities found back on shore, breathing deeply and embracing the wonder of that very moment.

It is beautiful.

You could say then that rainy days like these might fill me with a certain sense of disappointment. And yet it is in fact the opposite.

Days like today remind me not just of the value found in those sunny days but more importantly the value in days like these. Just as the sea and sunshine are so re-invigorating for my soul, the rain is so important for the re-invigoration of the soul of the world.

We must remind ourselves that in order for the world around us to grow and flourish there must be a balance between days of sunshine and days of rain. Though we might fantasize about endless sunshine and idyllic holiday destinations that provide us with such, speak to one or two drought stricken farmers and you’ll quickly learn that such realities are far from what is ultimately necessary.

It’s about balance.

Thus we must return to look at ourselves and acknowledge this reality as a value that must be embraced within our own lives. As fellow energies that exist within the same world, we must not forget that we too cannot grow and flourish without both days of sunshine and days of rain.

Surely it would be foolish to ignore the connection we share with our natural surrounds; surely it would be foolish to overlook the reality found within our deepest origin?

At a talk I attended last year by acclaimed speaker Rob Bell, he spoke of the changing of seasons within our lives. That feeling we get at times when one chapter closes and another begins to open. At the time we cannot articulate this feeling in the way we would perhaps like to though still we know. We can feel it. Somehow. Science can only explain so much.

Surely then we must not ignore the coincidence found between the character of the world and our own character? The ups and downs and ebbs and flows are not so much just a part of life but are in fact the very essence of life; the days of sunshine and the days of rain.

Might we also remind ourselves that even in the peak of Summer there will be days of rain just as in the depths of Winter there will be days of sun.

Life thus becomes not a fight but rather a challenge to embrace. Through the trials and tribulations that form our lives we must learn to both recognise and embrace this fluid habit of our natural surrounds; we must learn not to attach ourselves to circumstance or a particular moment in time but rather to let go and allow that which gives our existence its true meaning the freedom to guide our steps forward.

Herein lies a key I hope many will soon find.

True joy awaits.

PJ.