Wise Yoda! He's not going to listen to those with less insight, less wisdom, less data. He is going to trust that he already knows what he needs to know. In the end, he will bear the responsibility for his decisions and therefore will have to make those decisions himself, not letting others sway him. When all is said and done, “but they told me...” is no excuse at all. You have to make your own decisions, choose your own path and keep your own counsel.
From "Secrets of the Universe"
You do not stop learning once you graduate – hopefully. Each day presents something you didn't know before. You must be open to the knowledge, not confident in the mistaken belief that you already know everything. Even a day you take off to relax can hold lessons. A highly successful friend of mine takes one day a week off as her “sharpen the saw” day. It is the day she studies her own business. She says: “that day is to rebalance my energy, increase my mental clarity, unplug from the technology demons and discover my personal power. “
You continue learning as long as you are alive. If you stop learning, notice if someone is throwing dirt on you.
Another tidbit from Secrets of the Universe:
Look around as you go, taking lessons from life, from yourself and from others. Wisdom doesn't come when you are old unless you have been gaining it little by little as you were getting there. Don't wait for wisdom, seek it out. When things happen, notice them and figure out the lessons as they come. Every day is a school day.
The universe, in all Her majesty and wonder, holds many secrets. Some take a lifetime to discover while others are as obvious as the rising and setting of the sun. In Jon Batson’s latest book, Secrets of the Universe, Jon explores the seemingly mystical witticisms of our everyday living. These witticisms sprinkled generously throughout the book, vary from the candid to confrontational and from the surreal to the sublime.
If you are a mystic, not in the original sense, but in a modern-day interpretation – one who believes that there is great mystery in the world to explore and uncover, you’ll find Secrets of the Universe a refreshing change from the heavy, deep thinking that books of this regard can exhibit. Perhaps you are simply curious about the ways of the Universe yet to be uncovered. If so, you will enjoy the journey as you move effortlessly through the passages of the text.
It could be argued that it is not the Universe that holds secrets, but it is us who hold ignorance in greater regard than the wisdom that the Universe yearns to impart within us. The Universe simply waits for each of us to relinquish our ignorant understanding and open our spirits to a higher level of awareness and a deeper level of self-exploration. Understanding oneself is a journey we often wait until much too late in life to begin and then mourn the wasted years of wisdom now escaped.
Along the journey of life, we ignorantly believe that with age comes wisdom as if somehow the Universe holds Her secrets until we are of an age of certain discernment. In fact, the universal secrets She holds are all around us, arguably from the moment we have a sense of self, She opens her enveloped arms to reveal Her treasures, yet we often remain blissfully ignorant.
Wisdom invites contrary thinking. It invites meaning and musing. Some fear the wisdom of the Universe, for a life of curiosity brings angst. Diane Sawyer, a longtime anchor for ABC News, said “Wake up curious.” Perhaps Ms. Sawyer’s words say exactly what the Universe has been quietly whispering for an eternity. Perhaps the invitation of contrary thinking is an open door, never to close and to forever swing in both directions.
Curiosity is the reflection of wisdom, for without one, the other surely cannot exist. They need each other, no differently than we need air to breathe and food to fuel bodies. Why do we fear the secrets that the Universe holds, when it is our birthright to wake up curious?
Whether you call them secrets, truths or pearls of wisdom, what is true is that the Universe holds the answers we crave. While we desire higher learning, higher understanding and higher education, all that we desperately seek is actually right in front of us. Harnessing the secrets of the Universe takes no more effort than inhaling and listening to the beat of your heart as the air rushes through every cell within your physical being.
The Universe, in all Her majesty and mysticism, does not hold onto Her secrets. These secrets we perceive are nothing more than the absolute truths that She holds in the palm of her benevolent hand. Her hand, always open to us, is ready for our revelation.
Before you endeavor to read Secrets of the Universe, ask yourself, “Do I wake up curious?” If you don’t, put the book away until tomorrow. Then, ask yourself the question again in the morning. Until you wake up curious, the depth of being that this book requires will be lost in the ignorance of the lesser understanding of oneself. If you are not ready for the richness of wisdom, then surely wisdom will never find you.
Jon Batson is an award winning songwriter and author. He has performed in Asia and Europe as well as all across the U.S. He has appeared at book signings at Barnes and Nobel as well as many local bookstores in and around his home in Raleigh, N.C.