I've been thinking a lot lately about work and play, rest and leisure, and various educational methods. It is fascinating how different everyone is and how they do need to tailor their system to their natural gifts and talents. I'm such a natural stick-in-the-sand person. I think it is one of the many reasons I am drawn to classical education. Life is simple in so many ways. We often complicate it with well-intentioned methods or thoughtless deeds. We have to go to counseling because we never learned to use basic manners and politeness, and to extend forgiveness and grace. We struggle to find rest because we spend our rest time in leisure. We think hard is bad because we've spent our whole life in play without developing work ethic. We think work is bad because we never learned to persevere and have grit and make it fun. And sometimes we complicate matters that are made to be natural and simple.
I've found that most of my life struggles have developed from complicating simple matters, and having to unwind and restring the nature of the thing. God made parents to educate their own kids. And it's not complicated nor does it require a college degree to understand. But it is simple, and natural. Just like health, and relationships, and finances, and understanding the nature and existence of God. If you could show it using a stick in the sand, you are on the right track. If you need much else, you might be complicating the matter. If human-to-human connection is consistently forsaken for putting a worksheet or a textbook in place of or between you, there may be a better way- one that teaches human connection and conversation and ideas over and against objects and disassociation; the natural way over and against the forced, controlled and calculated way. And work within your strengths. When I get stuck, I have to back up, reconsider, and I will usually find the joy, and peace, and freedom I so desire.