Some Say Live And Learn. I Say Learn And Live.

The only thing I’ve eaten my entire life is a peanut butter jelly sandwich. You heard me. Every day, three times a day, for the past 9,805 days the only thing that has entered my mouth in the form of food is two slices of wheat bread with a layer of peanut butter on one slice and grape jelly on the other. Why, you ask? To which I would lazily respond with another question… “why not?” Why would I try something different? Why would I potentially lower the bar? Heck, why would I potentially raise it!? It’s good enough! 

Okay, so I obviously haven’t been eating PBJ’s every day of my life (although I’ve gone on some major streaks before), butI’ve recently become frustrated with my encounters with others. I am constantly finding that either I’m a very curious person, or everybody else isn’t at all! I’m continuously trying to understand, and learn… about anything, really. For example, I wonder about space. I wonder how the astronauts have enough air to breathe for months at a time. I also wonder how sunflowers are able to turn toward the sun without muscles. I sometimes wonder how car tires are made. If animals could talk, what would they say? Did you know that researchers and developers are working on a system that uses brain signals to control prosthetic limbs for amputees? Goodbyyyyyyyye PBJ information, now we’ve got some hot, juicy steak kind of info!

So, what’s my point? Am I just bragging about becoming an excellent Jeopardy player? Maybe, but there’s something more. Information and experiences are the salt of life. For example, have you ever looked at a truly breathtaking photo and just been amazed? I have. When my eyes hit the image, I’m immediately floored with fascination at how patient, creative, and devoted the photographer must have been. Now, imagine that you have more information. You know how the camera works… perhaps you know about the perfect timing that is needed to execute a shot like the one you’re viewing. Maybe you even know about all of the gear that was needed to make the picture… now the photo really means something. Someone put their heart into making it, and you know how to appreciate it. You’re fascinated. You’re humbled.

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The only way to distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary is to have more information. It’s that simple. If you’ve only experienced temperatures in the sixties, you’d say that temperatures in the sixties are the best. However, only after you’ve experienced an 80 degree day would you have context to compare “good” to. Information exfoliates our perception of everything around us. One of the most amazing parts of my fascination is the realization that we are in the presence of the supernatural. Everything has a creator, and so do we. There is no other explanation for how life, this earth, and the universe came to existence. Asking questions led me to find this little morsel of information: Scientists and researchers still have no explanation as to how a cell randomly comes to life. Yes, through experimentation and by the use of small electric currents they’ve mimicked the process, but they still don’t know how nature does it on it’s own. It’s supernatural, and miraculous.

Life is a miracle. Miracles appear inside miracles in our presence every second of every minute of every hour of every day in our lives. The only way you’ll begin noticing them is by getting context and reference. If you have a general knowledge of everything, you’ll most likely have a general experience with everything. Nothing too great, and nothing too bad. Just plain normal.

The choice is yours. Life and experience stand beyond the threshold of learning. Ask questions and seek truth… it is the salt and flavor of life. It’s okay to be curious. If you’re worried about asking questions because you fear looking stupid, I would encourage you to take a step away from your pride.. Otherwise, you’ll have no choice but ignorance. The inability to take a step away from pride is a conscious step toward ignorance. Get the most of life by discovering it! Talk more, move more, and learn more. God has created a world we still know very little about. Who’s to say you can’t be the one to add something to the books?

 

I love you all. Please feel free to comment and conversate below! Let’s live!

 

Andrew

 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana says:

    It is so easy to become dulled by our surroundings. The ability to look at life through a child’s eyes can be easily lost, unfortunately. You’re right when you say that pride gets in the way of exploring unanswered questions. The beauty of this world and the way it works is undeniably a miracle of God!
    Read Roman 1:19 I love Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. PERFECT! Your pictures are a beautiful example of His works! 🙂 <

    1. andalexander says:

      Wow, that was SO beautifully said Mrs. Diana!!!! SO true! I might be quoting YOU on Twitter soon!

  2. Yolande says:

    You are truely blessed with the talent of inspiring,educating and entertaining all at the same.it is always a virtue to have a sense of humour and the ability to keep your readers captive and curious.i live my life through the eyes of a child.for i am a child.a child of God.a child is always curious and facinated by what they see but dont understand,always wanting to know more and experience more of such exitement.i wake up every morning asking God to let me maintain my youth and stay a child so i dont grow old and loose the exitement and the curiosity.so i dont become complacent with what i know.but to be a child for God..see his creation..and always be facinated with what every new day brings.the first miracle of everyday is being alive.so why not go out and celebrate?why not dance on roof tops?search for dragons?learn something..there are many unknown yet great teachers in the world.yes..celebrate like a child..for a child will gain knowledge by asking tons of questions without being scared of the answers.for if we want live..we should learn..and learn to be fearles..be fearless but respect..respect but be bold..be bold but be humble.if to be alive means living like a child i would want to born again everyday so that everytime i see Gods creation it would be like seeing it for the first time.for there is so much wonderful things God can show everyday that i never want to run out of time.may my mind always maintain such innocence so that my heart can feel gratitude towards all Gods creation with much purity.that is life for me.and that is the life i chose after i lost my childhood in the tragedies of the past.but for as long as God has is my father my parent i will have a million chances to be who i can be through him who has created me.

    1. andalexander says:

      Yes, absolutely Yolande!!! I LOVE where your heart is at! I think you’re on to something! 😉 God bless YOU!

  3. loridraper says:

    Beautiful as always, Andrew!

  4. Scott says:

    Great read man! I was just thinking this morning about how there is SO much information in the world, and I was getting sad that I don’t have enough time to discover it all lol. I guess I’ll just have to do my best!

    1. andalexander says:

      Hey, the process of going and looking for it all may teach you more than the intended goal ever could have! Thanks so much for reading!

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