I don’t remember taking my first step, but obviously I took it. Now, I walk.
Often unrealized, we accumulate skill sets over time. What once was unknown, is now known. What once we did not know how to do, we do without much conscious effort. Sometimes mastery ends at a peaceful place. Sometimes it leads to new levels; additional drive.
Drive fosters progression. Much as we move from tricycle to training wheels and beyond, we begin driver’s education with the simple steps, then continue on. Confidence in basics allows upward experimentation: from standard to manual, from car to truck to RV.
Even if you have driven for 10 years, if you haven’t driven for another 10 years, you will need reminders and refreshing. Mostly, it all comes back, but beware. Re-sitting in the driver’s seat, commands attention and demands concentration.
Maybe you can’t recall if you are supposed to hold on tighter or more loosely on bumpy roads, or perhaps you can no longer gauge how long it will take to properly stop. Your experience before was with a different vehicle with different mass, different acheiveable velocities. You do remember that going too fast or too slowly will end up hurting as you revisit memories of speeding tickets and rolling backwards down an incline while maneuvering clutch, brake and gas.
Rarely is a full restart needed: the knowledge is there; it just needs to be adjusted.
Besides being a stored blessing, what we know prevents us from ever truly starting completely over. Blank slate is a nice idea, but we bring our experiences with us. The obvious impossibility of attempting to obliterate all previousness frustrates us. Instead of attempting to blank experience, question it.
How was I taught? How did that teaching translate in action?
How do I handle changes in weather? In surface conditions?
Are there safer routes? Smoother roads? Is there a better way?
Just as there are owner’s manuals for every type of vehicle, there is the Bible for every type of life. Scanning either, either accumulates or reiterates basic knowledge. Reading deeply, brings old issues into a new light, supplying us with no-expiration-date information; stored until needed. We can confirm; but must also remember, true learning only arrives through experience, and reflection.
So, forget about starting over. Delve deeper, learn more, teach-out what you know.
Proverbs 9:9 ESV: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
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Enjoy this week’s discovery links:
How to Keep from Starting Over: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473720
First Car Manufactured with Automatic Transmission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue07DdPQv0k
Definition of Delve: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delve