A friend in Western Australia stresses the need to be teachable; I have just had a visit from another friend who feels frustrated by some around her who seem to be unteachable.
This has reminded me of a few quotes in books I have read recently on art (drawing, painting…) and writing, some I think I have mentioned before.
…Through learning to draw perceived objects or persons, you can learn new ways of seeing that guide strategies in creative thinking and problem solving just as through learning to read, you acquire verbal knowledge and learn the strategies of logical, analytical thought…
Betty Edwards, “Drawing On The Artist Within”
We need a language capable of simple, beautiful expression yet containing complex thought that yields up our feelings instead of depriving us of them. You only get that kind of language-possibility through reading at a high level…What we think of as difficult is often only unfamiliar, so it can take a bit of time to get into a book. “…surf-syndrome of the Web” Reading is not skimming for information. Reading is a deeper dive. Or a high climb. Jeanette Winterson, “Stop What You’re Doing And Read This”
Socrates worried that a lack of internalised knowledge would lead to a lack of reflection about one’s personal relationship to the acme of knowledge, wisdom and virtue. Dr. Maryanne Wolf and Dr. Mirit Barzillai, “Stop What You’re Doing And Read This”
I don’t always want to be taught. Oh but I do, at the same time, want to be teachable!
And I do love to learn from others, especially through conversation – verbal, written, and the conversation of interdependent living.
Learn. Teach. Live. Enjoy.