Brothers & Sisters,
Whenever I take a Philosophy class and we get to the unit on Aristotle my entire body cringes. It’s not that I dislike the man in any way it’s just that for whatever reason it doesn’t speak to me and doesn’t interest me in any way shape or form. I’ve come to terms with that and understand that for the entire unit on Aristotle I’m just going to scrape by.
It used to stress me out that I wasn’t doing as well as I wanted but I then realized that sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and get through it. That’s how I felt all week. The hard part is that it stresses me out quite a bit but I’m working on that and with any luck the next time I have to get through a section on Aristotle again I won’t be so stressed.
Perhaps though I can take this lesson and apply it to other things in my life. Instead of worry and agonizing over the things that just don’t interest me maybe I should just hunker down, get through it and see what’s on the other side. Maybe that’s the lesson we all need to learn from all of this. Realizing that life isn’t about loving everything and everything making you happy all the time. Those are the most unreal expectations ever and I think people who live that way are living a lie. Instead take each new thing as just that and see where it takes you. Aristotle took me to the land of sleep and that’s where I stayed. Thomas Aquinas took me to the land of enlightenment which is interesting if you think about it because many people believe that Aquinas built the house upon which Aristotle created the foundation.
At any rate I challenge you to not shrug off new challenges this coming week but accept them completely. It doesn’t matter how painful or happy those new things make you just as long as you have an open mind going into them. Once you have a complete picture then you can make a conclusion but certainly not until then. Let’s all be a little more mindful of what we’re getting into.