Provision #318: Know Little

ahead and how much there is to learn when it comes to health, wealth, and wisdom. There will always be more than you can ever know. But when you break it down into bite-sized chunks, you can learn just one thing • like blogging • before going on to the next.

The process of lifelong learning is an exciting one because there’s always so more to learn. It never ends. People ask me how I come up with something to write for LifeTrek Provisions every week,  and my answer is always the same: “I write about what I don’t know anything about. And since I don’t know about a lot of things, there’s never a shortage of material.”

In giving that answer I’m not being flip. Provisions really is an intimate part of my learning process. I write from a place of not knowing that I know. I write about what I want to learn about. And knowing little is enough.

Coaching Inquiries: Are you intimidated by how much there is to learn and know about health and wealth? Do these subjects seem beyond your ability to master? How could you become that knowing little is a good place to start?

LifeTrek Readers’ Forum (selected feedback from the past week)

Editor’s Note: The LifeTrek Readers’ Forum contains selections from the comments and materials sent in each week by the readers of LifeTrek Provisions. They do not necessarily reflect the perspective of LifeTrek Coaching International. To submit your comment, use our Feedback Formor Email Bob.

Thanks for your coaching tips, always helpful and enjoyable. Here’s a quip you may want to consider. A wise rabbi once said: “Be yourself. Be your best self. But if you’re a schmuck, be someone else!”

So glad to hear that your daughter is settled in medical school. I am glad that she is reaching forward toward the completion of her dream. I thought that this provision is one of the best yet. I know that you are having a wonderful day by day adventure with living life to its fullest. 

The “Be Yourself” Provision is so timely for me, as I learn to better listen to the inner voice of my being (Being) to know “who I am”. Thought-provoking stuff. I’m exploring “what’s next” for me in terms of career or vocation, and am being coached to do this through “allowing”, rather than striving. That is, what is showing up in my life. Coming from this place is not necessarily new for me, but I am learning to listen to it and trust it more. I came upon a quote today from the German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, that really speaks to where I am right now:

“You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness you feel.
The future must enter you long before it happens.
Just wait for the birth, for the hour of new clarity.”
How exciting, Bob, that your daughter is at Emory Medical School • and you share so proudly and joyfully! Thanks for sharing. I’d love it if you have time to sort out how to apply this week’s reflection to the situation of an inner-city kid trying to decide if joining a gang will help his chances of long-term survival. (Ed. Note: It would seem that the discovery of one’s true self is as important here as anywhere. Gangs are the refuge of those whose sense of self needs to be bolstered. By engaging in dialogue with this young man about the choices he faces, you are assisting him to refine his sense of self.)
Many thanks for the lovely “Be Yourself” piece, that a colleague alerted me to.
Excellent article on being yourself. I have been working/playing with a question about my values and who I am (my identity). I’ve discovered that while there is a core ME (as I’ve believed) there is also a ME that has some roots in security and safety, and these priorities seem to move farther up the food chain when I’m in ‘compromising’ situations. I hope to make some more peace with this and build a relationship to the fear that comes up surrounding this. Sometimes fear unrealized is a block, or worse, a catalyst for new and unhealthy accomplishments. Does this make sense? I would rather feel the fear, be aware of it, and include it my honesty about WHO I AM and BE, rather than attempt to move it in to my accomplishments. Top

May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

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LifeTrek Coaching International
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