You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about– the more you have left when anything happens. -Ethel Barrymore
There’s so much in this world that we’ll never know, and I think that for the most part, that’s a good thing. So much of the stuff that people want us to know is completely useless to us as human beings, and it’s difficult sometimes to pull the important things from the massive amount of information that we’re exposed to each day of our lives.
But broadening our horizons does not mean knowing more information. It doesn’t mean memorizing more facts and figures. It does mean opening our hearts and eyes and minds in an effort to become more aware. It means finding out what kinds of things your loved ones enjoy doing. It means learning how we’re polluting our planet and what we can do about it. It means taking the time to learn more about your health and ways that you can take care of yourself and others. It means knowing what effects foods have on you and being able to deal with those effects or change your eating habits if necessary.
“The more things you love”–what a great phrase. My goal in this life is to love as much as I possibly can, and if I want to do so, I have to know as much as I can. I want myself to be open to everything possible so that I can love it so that I can add a bit more love to this world in every single circumstance in which I find myself. I can do that only if I’m open to the world, and if I’m open to learning about things that I know nothing about now. I have to admit my ignorance if I want to turn on my learning, and the benefits of doing so will be with me forever.
Questions to ponder:
1. In what directions would you most like to broaden your horizons? Are you actively doing so now?
2. How many things might you be interested in if you learned something about them?
3. What makes you indignant? How do you deal with your indignation?
For further thought:
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson he or she learns thoroughly.
Thomas Henry Huxley