In my grade school math classes, it always seemed as if the teacher would solve only the easy problems while we were in the classroom.
Then when it came time to do homework on my own, I had to solve these really complex problems that never appeared in any of the textbook examples.
Where was my teacher when I needed him the most?
Over the years, I’ve learned a couple of important things about this phenomenon:
1) The challenging process of figuring out how to apply “simple” solutions to complex problems is not just a grade school mathematics experience, but it’s a necessary part of growth in every area of life.
2) Everybody has to do it. There are no exceptions.
Here’s today’s two cents:
No matter how practical or profound an insight initially appears, there will always be elements that don’t easily work when we try to apply them to actual challenges.
This is the way it should be.
Wisdom and maturity aren’t developed by being told what the answers are.
Knowing the right answers may help us pass standardized tests, but having the ability to think critically and creatively will prepare us for real life.
Studying abstract concepts and memorizing general principles of success cannot, all by itself, save us.
We must be willing to do the work of wrestling with the great questions of life for ourselves.
Solutions exists. New possibilities exists. But, ultimately, they must be accessed via the path of our own individual commitment to personal evolution.