I love to keep a journal. I think it still kind of scares my attorney, because he’d definitely want it not brought into court. I like having an opportunity to sort through the things that are bothering me, record what has been significant about the day, and learn lessons from the events in my life.
This week, I was recording the thought that there are times in my life where I don’t seem to be growing all that quickly. I love making spiritual progress – each time I do, I seem to end up happier!
As I was writing, I realized that I was at a point in my life where I’m carrying a lot of burdens and have very busy days – even for me! (I’ll work on my workaholism when it’s not working for me anymore… ;-P ) During those times, I think it would be overwhelming to try to also be learning a lot of new spiritual information and have to sort through it, too. That’s when I wrote this next line:
There’s also a point where the student has to apply what has been learned – otherwise, it’s not really learned and it’s soon forgotten.
Funny that I can be profound more readily when I’m not trying to be! Anyway, I thought it would make a good topic for this week’s blog.
What Educators Know
In my “other life,” I’m a music teacher. I love it. I’ve also learned a lot of things over my career. Some of the wisest words that I have heard in workshops and training come from an old Chinese proverb:
Tell me, I forget.
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.
Everything I teach is centered around getting the children involved with their eyes, ears, minds, and bodies. Only when they get to see the principle in action do they truly gain a comprehension of what’s going on and what’s being taught. LEARNING MUST BE APPLIED.
After Father instructed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He left them alone. After the Savior talked to Moses on the mountain top, Moses was left to himself. Throughout the scriptures, we find examples of huge spiritual learning experiences, and then the student is left alone.
I think it’s a divine pattern. I think that leaving us alone to function with the new knowledge is a purposeful step that encourages spiritual progression. We have to apply what we are learning.
The idea actually fills me with hope and joy. Maybe, when it seems like the heavens aren’t answering, there’s a purpose behind it. Maybe it’s time to look inside and sort through what I’ve already been taught and try my hand at applying the divine principles. Maybe, just maybe, I haven’t done anything WRONG – I’ve done it RIGHT!
In the end, I would much rather remember what I have been taught. Truths from heaven are precious. Light and knowledge have expanded my view of my life and made everything worth it. Even when applying it hurts, requires struggle, and takes a long time, I’d rather do what it takes to remember what the Spirit has taught me.