I have concluded, then, that “slow and steady wins the race.” I have throughout my life believed that anything done must be done with all gusto and fervor, and when that intensity cannot be sustained, then I must have failed to have the necessary passion to complete the project well. Failure. So here I begin to shed this erroneous belief and embark upon the journey which will likely be long and arduous and feel more like failures than successes, but I will fill my mind with valuable things, even though it will take me a lifetime.
I should note that coinciding with this project I have also undertaken to study God’s perspective on human history and am reading the Bible through chronologically. (Today I finished the book of Exodus.) I am keeping a hand-written journal beside me as I read, since I prefer the intimacy of that medium for study of spiritual matters. Also, I want to avoid the computer’s interference with my thoughts of God, as I am so easily distracted by, well, computer-y things. This too, is a matter of self-discipline.
Bauer (SWB) says, “Sustained serious reading is at the center of the self-education project…Reading alone allows us to reach out beyond the restrictions of time and space, to take part in what Mortimer Adler has called the “Great Conversation” of ideas that began in ancient times and has continued unbroken to the present. Reading makes us part of the Great Conversation, no matter where and when we pursue it.”
And so I begin. I will keep a journal (in blog format) in keeping with SWB’s recommendations, and will probably make personal adjustments as I go. I may or may not stick exclusively to her list, but at least at the outset I will keep her structure, so as to establish the discipline and get on track.