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The beauty of beginner’s mind + new FREE e-book!

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“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
―Shunryu Suzuki

 

The word beginner is fraught with the stigma of naivete, and the synonyms for the word often have negative connotations:

Synonyms abecedarian, apprentice, babe, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, novitiate, punk, recruit, rook, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro, virgin

 

Really, who wants to be called a novice, newbie, greenhorn, or tenderfoot? Not me! We live in a society that doesn’t revere the beginner… in fact, we try and get to that “expert” status in whatever we do just as fast as we possibly can, forgetting that most of the profound lessons learned are in the journey toward mastery of a skill. Mastery is a vanishing point on the horizon that we all strive for, but never are meant to attain. This could be a depressing thought for some, especially for those that consider themselves perfectionists. But we all know that perfection isn’t possible.

Beginner is starting to sound pretty darn good, isn’t it? Because being a beginner ain’t a bad thing.

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Lessons from Boy Meets World and a return to regular programming

Image courtesy of IMDB.com

Image courtesy of IMDB.com

Thank goodness for MTV2 and their showing episodes of Boy Meets World, or this blog post would have never gotten written in the first place. Inspiration comes to me from weird places, and I’m just going with it!

In the episode, “Quiz Show,” Topanga, Cory, and Shawn become minor celebrities as the boring public access academic quiz show turns to glitz and glamor and watchable as pop culture questions are being thrown at them.

Their teacher Mr. Feeny is abhorred by their sudden rise to fame because of the way they got there…. meaningless trivia, citing that the United States’ academic deficiencies may be due in part to this veneration of useless knowledge instead of people focusing on more worthy endeavors.Continue Reading

On birthdays, cars, and omniscience

Waiting for my car talismans to have a home again...

Waiting for my car talismans to have a home again…

Wednesday, it was my 34th birthday. But I wasn’t feeling very “birthday-ish”, despite all the loving well-wishes via facebook and twitter and text and social media and phone calls.

Why? Because my beloved car, Samus, was totaled in accident at the end of last month. A fluke accident of someone flying through a solid red light and hitting my little clown car in an intersection as I was making a left turn at the green light.

Thankfully, I am fine physically but unfortunately, my little car had to die for me to live. My little car that I loved and doted on. My little car that I somehow unwittingly used to define a portion of my personality. Now that hole is being keenly felt in the search for a new car. I have been comparing it to first love. You never forget your first love, no matter how many years have passed, or how very in love you are presently. I think it will be the same for me and my car. Continue Reading

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