Yesterday I made a decision: no learning anything new this week. And I MEANT it.
We’ve been living at a fairly high intensity. A lot of things we’re learning are out of necessity (nutrition, theta and beta brain waves, etc…and I STILL feel like I don’t have a good grasp on them). But learning is just one of those things that Nathan and I are drawn to. Learning, learning, learning. The past few months I’ve been especially studying about the King James version of the Bible, the Old Testament, human sexuality, lots of reading on nutrition, and lately a lot about meditation and energy and how our brains work and healing.
And quite frankly, I’m exhausted.
So that’s why, yesterday, I decided that this upcoming week would only be FUN reading, relaxing media, and what I usually refer to as “trash” etc.
Problem is: all that stuff I’ve been choosing to learn about, I do it because it’s so fun. Then there’s that other stuff we’ve had to learn about, which is still mostly confusing. But since I’ve learned that I usually have to learn things 3 or so times before I GET it and it sticks, I’m not going to be frustrated and instead think “only two more times to go!”
I had to rephrase my “week of no learning” and I started thinking “ok, then time to dive into fiction and novels and get back to adolescent lit and reread some favorites” but now it still feels weird.
qI was just giving the girls a bath and remembered this quote, one of my very very favorites. I had to look it up because I couldn’t remember it exactly.
“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.”
― E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
RIGHT? Everything is rattling. I just need to be quiet. And it’s not like I’m totally opposed to learning anything new, of course. If I need to learn something, I’m sure it will yell loud enough then I’ll have to pay attention.