Knowledge is Personal

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

Carl Jung

—A personal journey through the “K” word.

I think the old bumper car is kicking into overdrive. My journey through education is making more and more sense, as the fragments of information—that I’ve learned in various classes—are beginning to connect. The ‘bigger picture’ is coming into focus, and I could not be more excited!

God’s timing really is perfect. If I had gone to college straight out of high school, with the same mindset that I had at that age, I think it would have been in vain. I wasn’t exactly wise back then.

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.

Japanese Proverb

That being said, my “K” word for the Alphabet Game is: Knowledge.

What I love about knowledge is the fact that there is so much of it to explore, and so many areas to choose from. Everyone has their own thoughts and interests, and each interest is associated with some form of knowledge. That being said… I have a confession to make.

I dropped out of my drawing class. While I do believe we are capable of learning things that seem difficult to us at first, I also know that it requires focus, hard work, and lots and lots of practice, practice… practice. Honestly, I don’t have the desire to spend my energy on drawing right now. Not to mention the fact that I’m not very good at it. Ha-ha!

I’m not dissing myself here, either. I LOVE my other classes, and I want to give them my full, undivided attention. Drawing can wait, and I’m happy that I made the wise decision to opt out of it (for now).

Something that struck me lately is that we all have such unique gifts, and we’re all on such different paths. I mean, I knew that already, but what I realized recently is that sharing my own experiences—so that others might learn from them—may not be as ideal as I once thought. The quote below is what really set this thought in motion.

Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.

Oswald Chambers

Maybe—like Jung stated in his quote—people gain knowledge (and wisdom) in their own way, and from their own mistakes, just like I’ve learned (and continue to learn) from my own mistakes. We’re not here to mimic each other. If that were the case we’d be a society of robots! God leads us through our journey, and each person’s journey is original, creative, and absolutely precious. It’s personal.

I guess you could say that I love knowledge because it’s personal as well. Discovering what I’m good at; what I’m capable of; what I was created to do; and how I can use what I’m good at to help others is—by far—the most exciting juncture in my journey so far. It’s personal indeed, and it’s a tiny fragment of a much bigger picture; a picture that I’m thrilled to be a part of.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden

It also boils down to another “K” word: Kindness. Be kind to others who are on “their own” journey. It may not look like yours, but it belongs to them. They deserve (and need) kindness as they travel their own path, and kindness ripples—from you to them, and then from them to those that they meet.

Maybe, with so many people, on so many different paths, kindness (like love) is the glue that binds us all together—it keeps us connected.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found something useful (or enjoyable) here. And remember to be kind… it’s contagious!

I’ll see you around soon for the letter “L.”

Peace & love!!

The featured image is my own, just a little something to express my feelings about knowledge. It whirls around our mind, adding color and excitement to an otherwise dark void. In our thinking, we choose to retain some of the knowledge that comes in, and we let some of it (that we consider false, or useless) to drift away. How we grow depends on these choices. It’s personal.


  1. such a good point about not being robots
    and also – I bet there were multiple reasons you dropped the drawing class – it might be as simple as wanting to focus on the other classes and because you were not feeling it – but I wonder if there was more = like sometimes a teacher can also add to the factor – not saying that here – but either way – there is a time to just say, “I’s done for now…”

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    1. Oh my gosh you are spot on! There were other reasons exactly like you said. I didn’t foresee learning anything. I think to be ‘taught’ how to draw you really need help and to be shown techniques. I didn’t see any of that!

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    2. well not sure if you knew this – but I taught children’s art for five plus years – I almost got my credential in it – but working as an art teacher for any kind of money (like in a public school) would have meant thousands of students and factory style art – I could have done it – but my heart was not there and so I went into a mother direction = and never looked back
      but in those five plus years – oh my goodness did I learn about
      “teacher’s style” and the way it impacted all art outcomes

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    3. Oh wow! I did not know that at all. I know what you mean about factory style and it is true for all classes not just art. Sometimes I joke that it’s like speed learning. Teachers have even learned to talk fast. Class assignments are timed and it can be frustrating for us slower folks lol. But I still get through!

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  2. Janet, so true that “Knowledge is Personal” … I believe we’re all meant to learn in different ways about many things, and not to learn only a single discipline. To master only one. Our definitions of knowledge will vary, be it wisdom, intelligence, skill, ability. And, mostly, it’s comforting to know we will always learn if we’re so inclined.

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    1. Hi Michael, I wanted to come back to this comment because it made me realize something last night. Personally, I am great at learning many things, it’s that “mastery” that I fail to reach on any given thing. Anyway, I wanted to mention that because it made me want to push harder when I get to that point where I know what it is I want to master lol. Thank you for the comment!! It kind of opened my eyes to where my weakness is.

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  3. Hi, Janet. “Mastery” may be evasive as such. How will we truly know if we’ve reached our ultimate potential. I think it’s impossible to master any creative discipline. Could any of the greatest artists in history – all “Masters” – have been better? I suspect that none were fully satisfied with their work. In terms of everyday common folk, perhaps it’s in performing at the highest level and always progressing and developing our skill is a form of “Mastery”. I believe we always get better when we truly apply ourselves. And, weaknesses don’t exist. Ever.

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  4. I love that word knowledge. I’ve been thinking about my own knowledge lately… things I know for sure and how I’ve come about knowing them. And what it means to me. Interesting read!
    Kindness… not so much lately…. I’m sure it’ll come back but right now kindness seems to be hard to find.

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    1. I was in class, on a short break, so couldn’t type much. Kindness can be hard to find at times but it comes back around eventually. I think you have had some really challenging experiences so I understand what you mean. Negativity is very heavy. I hope you are able to avoid those people that bring you down. Praying for you.

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    2. Considering I moved 3000 km away from the negativity, I thought it would be easier to avoid it! But some people are very determined…. but very soon I wont have any time to think about these things. I think I just have too much time on my hands at the moment lol.

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