This life is finite. Our ability to learn is painfully finite. Our potential to "learn it all" here is zero. But given that not all learning is of equal importance, I pose the following questions and offer the following suggestions to guide our learning.
What must I learn before I die? What lessons would transcend all others? What must I yearn to see on my personal "learning epitaph?"
I would settle for these 10 things:
1. I learned who I was.
I discovered my identity and attached to it a clear sense of worth and purpose.
2. I learned why I was here.
Through some combination of inspiration and perspiration, I chose to fulfill a clear purpose in life. Service, contribution, help, improvement and progression imbued my life with meaning. Learning and establishing my personal purpose made me matchlessly valuable to the world.
3. I learned to love.
Selflessness, forgiveness, patience, listening and kindness colored my actions even as I incessantly strove to learn. I loved to learn, but more so, I learned to love.
4. I learned to learn.
I learned to think about learning – the process, the mechanics, the patterns. I learned to analyze and constructively critique my own thoughts and learning methods.
5. I learned to teach.
Particularly, I mastered the art of inspiring others to do #6