Ronald Chapman: First and foremost, I am a full-time, all-time student of life. This allows me to approach any discipline, principle or practice in a search for valuable ideas to incorporate into my life. It also presents continual challenge, an opportunity to shatter old perspectives and ideas which no longer serve well.
An integral part of the role of the student is to seek. And for this I have become an adventurer and wanderlust. Who knows what places, events or circumstances may hold for any one of us. Yet we must commit ourselves to such experiences.
From a developmental point of view, I value a notion described by the American philosopher Ken Wilber as “transcend and include.” Essentially, this is to incorporate everything new in a way that allows you to elevate your practice in the world, no matter what form it may take.
More important is the need to use knowledge and experience for the benefit of others…to find a way to make a contribution that is larger and provides greater value.