The Circle of Knowledge
2017 has been a long year. I’ve felt more like an adult this year than any other, and although I’m still working through many of the things that have changed – socially, physically, mentally – I’m lucky to have great love in my life even when the days feel dark.
This tome was published in 1916, and it came into my possession by way of family. It belonged to my great grandmother, and while I haven’t gone through all the sections, the one pictured is of great interest to me, for reasons I hope are obvious. I had initially planned to share this solely on Instagram, but my caption turned much too lengthy so I’m bringing my thoughts here, instead.
At first, I was sharing this book as a reminder to continue learning and growing in 2018. Now, I’m sharing this as a positive reminder that you should strive for more in the new year. Whether it’s more knowledge in your field or a field you’re interested in; more ways to show the world and the people in your life compassion and understanding; or more mechanisms for relaxing and/or coping with difficult situations that life may throw at you. Striving for more doesn’t have to be gluttonous. It doesn’t have to come out of unhappiness. It can certainly come from a book, a long walk, or a thoughtful conversation. For 2018, I’m challenging myself to strive for more, to seek out more, to achieve more. I hope to head towards the direction of answers and conclusions, and not even the [large] chance of not finding either will slow me down.
Share what “more” you’ll be striving for in 2018 in the comments below, and have a happy and prosperous New Year!
You’re right, we should never stop learning new things. I knew a woman who took up a new instrument in her late 80s. Very inspirational.
Very inspirational, indeed!
I strive to learn enough German to have a little conversation with someone. Then, I will strive to learn enough German to have a bigger conversation. This may go on for the rest of my life!
That sounds great! Good luck to you. 🙂
Of course, the day you stop learning is the day you stop living. Great philosophy. Love this piece.
Wonderfully said. Thank you!
I’m striving for more awareness and empathy for those whose experiences are different than my own. I’ll read more diverse authors, and won’t be afraid to engage respectfully in conversations that challenge my own view of the world. Happy 2018!
This is exactly what I’ll be doing, too. Cheers! 🙂
Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)
With my own physical health deteriorating, I want to strive to do what I can when I can, to do more online to support others and to strive to read a more diverse collection of books and blogs….to keep pushing my mind. Sharing this link on my blogshare tomorrow x
Sending positive vibes! Strengthening our minds can go a long way; thank you (pre-emptively) for sharing! ❤
Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)
A lovely post that I have shared on PainPals feature “Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs to start 2018!”. Happy New Year, C x