The world is our school and life is our classrooms. Like math each year we learn a little bit more as one lesson builds upon another. The problems get more complicated, and it takes concentration and mindfulness to stay on top of it. Sometimes we have to do the same lessons over and again until we learn what it has to teach. Each step takes us up a spiral staircase and the hunger to go deeper into knowing grows ever stronger. It is in looking down that we get a better perspective on how far we’ve come, the lessons we’ve learned, the problems we’ve solved, and the many places we’ve been. The deeper our lessons take us the less desire we have to look up or down because contentment enters in as we reap the rewards of our endeavors.