This awareness has brought many difficulties and challenges to the fore, but it has also given rise to a joyous and exciting re-enchantment with the world. I find I am no longer in a fog when it comes to the primary purpose of mortal life.
At the same time, I feel an increased sense of personal responsibility. Everything I think and do in this time and place matters - not just for this time and place, but for eternity.
But some of the things I think and do will have to be learned and re-learned again and again despite my best efforts to "lock in" what I need to learn.
Part of my awareness of spiritual learning is the acceptance that learning is a process, not a flipping of the switch. Some lessons can be learned easily. Some lessons take a lifetime. Some will barely be approached. Some will never be completed.
What matters most is the awareness because it is the awareness that allows God to find the openings and opportunities required to facilitate the required learning.
The rest is up to the choices we make when these opportunities arise.
Note added: This post was inspired by an important and insightful comment Dr. Charlton left on my post from yesterday.