I am finishing my book on practicing stoicism. One chapter is on learning, and it suggests that most of us we don’t take the task of learning as seriously as we take the training the body. The author has a point. If I go to the gym I feel good about my workout and “getting in shape.” But how often do I set aside an hour in the day to review what I’ve learned and where I’ve made mistakes?
Perhaps as I calendar my week, I need to set aside such time just like I should for “going to the gym.” I try to mediate every morning but that’s only a few minutes. I ask myself if I can set aside an hour or two for physical therapy and walking in a day, why can’t I set aside similar times for my mind and just as importantly for my soul and my relationship with God.
As part of my current career I try to write on my next novel for four hours every day during the week. It’s a regimen just like a job. Perhaps I need to reschedule myself to set aside significant time for my body, my mind, and my soul.