For years, I struggled with the fear that admitting I didn't know things would make people think I wasn't all that smart. It's been a long, tough struggle to understand that "knowledge" is a different thing from "intelligence," and that sometimes what's smart is questioning, not answering.
"I'm not as strong in other areas and I need to be aware of my weaknesses. Sometimes I need help with those areas and asking for help is not a weakness, but not being aware of my weaknesses or doing anything to strengthen them is one."--from "Why I Ask Lots of Questions And Think You Should, Too" by Karen Ballum at BlogHer
But sometimes we just have to learn from experience:
"There is no substitute for feeling 'known.' I get him and want to learn more. He gets me and likes what he gets...Likes and dislikes can be learned. When someone gets you they tap into your soul in a way that can’t be taught. When we can do that and both of us feel like we’ve gotten the better end of the deal, we’ve got something that will stick."
--from "Six Things I've Learned From Being Married Three Times" by Lisa Page Rosenberg at Smacksy
And sometimes we're just not going to get the questions answered:
"I have these moments when I just want people to tell me what to do...I’ve asked people I respect for advice on this and they have punted back to me. It’s up to you. There’s no right thing. This is right, but it’s hard too. Sometimes, I wish to abdicate the responsibility of making decisions about little things and big, but this is just part of adulthood and an important part."
--from "10 Important Things I’ve Learned" by Aidan Donnelly Rowley
This last thing isn't a life lesson, but as I'm getting ready to exercise some shelf control in a few weeks, I was excited to learn about LibraryThing's new "Take Inventory" feature.
I think this could be very helpful in my Great Big Book Purge project. If you're a LibraryThinger, do you think you'll find this feature useful?