“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” ~ Barbara Sher …
Many of us tend to look unfavorably at the prospect of being a beginner. Perhaps it is because society often places them at the low end of the rung–offering them less respect, fewer rewards, less recognition, less flexibility, and less value or worth. But being a beginner is a powerful thing: it offers us new ideas and a fresh perspective in life, it immerses us in learning and growing, and best of all, it is available to each and every one of us at any point in our lives.
Beginning something new in life brings fresh and exciting potential into our lives–“the whole world opens up to us.” It sometimes seems to me that the more entrenched we become at seeing things a certain way, the more we are hindered by shortsightedness, stubbornness, hopelessness, and things of the nature. In contrast to looking at things through the eyes of a satisfied and established expert, it is actually quite refreshing to see things as a beginner.
As long as we are constantly open to learning and growing, being an expert at things is a good thing. Of course, it is great to practice a little humility at times, and remind ourselves that we do not know everything there is to know about life and about living. There is an endless wealth of learning and knowledge available to us, and countless fields in which we can become beginners. And the beauty of this idea is, that just as goldfish will grow to be the size of the bowl they are in, we too can determine just how big we wish to grow by choosing the size of bowl we are in.
Start something new that you feel you might enjoy.
Questions to consider:
Do you typically view being a beginner in a positive light? Why?
How do you feel when you take up something new?
What is one field you consider yourself an expert in? Are there any new things you have learned recently in this field?
For further thought:
“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein