I vividly remember my three graduations. In eighth grade, mom made a three plus day journey by train and hired car to be present for the ceremony in Mussoorie. It was a time of celebration, stress, and coming of age. For high school, it was my first experience as a young adult attending a school in the US. The adjustment had taken far longer than anyone anticipated. After nine months of coming to terms with classmates, our day arrived. Third, virtually from University. With lots of turmoil at the end, I was awarded my diploma in absentia, having paid $25 to avoid making the trip across the country to be presented a diploma.
With each diploma, I confidently assumed I was a step to closing out the chapters of learning in my life.
I have never been so wrong.
As I work with new founders while trying to launch a company I care deeply about, I find myself constantly questioning, taking fresh perspectives, and learning. The cliché about teachers learning more than their students is being reaffirmed in my experience with an amazing group of individuals. With the learning process pushed and accelerated, I find myself aware of how much Life is trying to guide and direct me. In my case, there are themes which I would do well to hold onto.
When doubt manifests itself, it is good to challenge, examine, and rediscover one’s core beliefs. Doubt is persistent and enduring. Unless confronted, I find it will grow in my life. Bringing it out into the light, opening oneself to the idea that long held ideas may need to be reexamined, leads to learning and rediscovery of one’s principles.
Be aware and thankful for the way Life is willing to teach. Children, those looking for instruction, and casual observations can be sources of wisdom. The psalmist noted the indiscriminate nature of help; “I’ll shower blessings on the pilgrims who come here, and give supper to those who arrive hungry.” (Psalm 132.15)
Help is all around us. Unlocking the barrier within brings wisdom and new visions.