“Those who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides.” ~ Seneca , Letters From A Stoic
In the novel Mount Analogue, Rene’ Daumal compares the journey of life to a trek up a mountain. At various levels, we set up a camp. About these camps, there are a couple of rules: Before you can move to the next level, you have to replenish your current camp for the next occupants. And you have to go down to the lower level, and tell the people there what you have learned about the climb so far, pointing out the footholds that could make the climb easier, the pitfalls to avoid, and the beautiful vistas to behold and enjoy.
This is how I’ve come to view my own journey. I consider myself to be wise — not in any profound sense, but only that I’ve been around for a relatively long time, and during that time (at least for the last 30 years or so), I have inquired into things that have interested me and I have learned things from my inquiries. I consider it my Job to share what I have observed and learned with those on the same path. I am an expert only in the sense that “the ‘expert’ is the person in the room who knows the most about a subject”. I don’t even always know the most but I know some things, and those are what I share with my clients, colleagues, readers, friends and acquaintances.
I believe in the saying “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. And the converse “when the teacher is ready, the student appears”. I have discovered my purpose is to serve joyfully as an enthusiastic learner and a grateful teacher. However I have come to see myself not so much as a teacher, but as one who comes sharing what he has learned during the climb, with those who are at camps on the path I have just followed. Perhaps I can help you avoid some obstacles and make your climb a little easier.
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