Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What do you not know? And, how will you learn it?

I really had a wonderful day today. Tuesday is my day to work at home but it was so gorgeous out that I left at 9:15 in the morning and I didn't get back until 9:00 this evening. First I went to acupuncture in Brooklyn, then I went to visit Paloma and Pao, then I went to a two hour yoga class with my friend (totally unexpected since I thought I would just go to the gym and get on that cursed elliptical machine that bores me to death), and then I came home to have dinner with D and watch the debate.

On my way to yoga I ran in to an old friend. Well, not really a "friend" but someone I knew many years ago in high school who I was never particularly close with but who I'd like to know better today. This is one of the small surprises that life occasionally throws at you - the fact that you can think you know someone but then when you actually spend five minutes with them you realize you never knew them at all. I like it when that happens. Of course I prefer it when you realize that you actually like the person. It's not fun when you realize that you do not like the person, or, worse, that you don't have any respect for the person. Not that I disliked this person - it's more that I had no real opinion and now I feel like I'd like to know him. It was a good day.

I've been watching the debate tonight and I really liked the last question and it inspired the title for this post tonight. Both candidates answered it in a round about way - I suppose that was the point. I like that they both said that there are a lot of things that they don't know. I'm not talking about the debate here but I literally just got up off my couch and came over to the computer to blog and that was the last question that was asked and well, it just resonated with me once I sat down to write this. I'll leave the opining on the debate to the political bloggers that I follow and to the guys on CNN and MSNBC (since that's who I watch on the television) - that's not the purpose of this place. But, this question applies to everyone. Even Tom Brokaw called it a "zen-like" question and I think it's the perfect way to end the debate and an excellent question for here.

This is something that I ask myself all the time. I thrive on these questions. These questions challenge me, motivate me and make me want to be better. There are a lot of things that I do not know...I have no idea of knowing how I will learn them but I know that I'm trying to be the best that I can be in the way that is the most honest and real.

The Waking Night

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