Nursery School, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary School,
Middle School, High School, College and for some, graduate school and beyond… The truth is we never stop being students if
we look at being students of life. Life is a school. But quite often we shut off our learning and
we end up in a place where we’re just in a habitual stagnancy phase that never
seems to end. What ends up happening is
responsibility takes over and it seems that the only learning one does is
through the school of hard knocks and learning lessons from life events.
And while that is not a bad thing, it really
shouldn’t be the only thing we define as learning.
Learning is misunderstood.
Some people think learning only has to come from a book. Some people think learning only can happen in
a classroom. But if you’ve ever spent
time in a discussion circle gathering with those of like mind – you will find
that even if you share like interests, minds can be extremely diverse and you
can end up learning more about those you are gathered with and celebrate
differences just by learning about them.
Gathering for social causes, charitable events and simply
standing up for what you believe in and what your passion is, can often trigger
conversation in unique ways. Something
that we often forget to do is to learn as we go. We think discussions are just that,
discussions. But it is in being open and
being ‘present’ to the conversation, we can not only learn more about life and
about others, but we can often learn more about ourselves.
It is in learning about ourselves, we are given the platform
to grow. We don’t always think about
this and sometimes miss opportunities to value what is going on around us and
even the most simple of conversations that we have. We are given the gift of more than mouths to
talk. We are given the ability to LISTEN
and HEAR and with that comes paying attention long enough to actually learn
something. While you may not think you
can actually learn something from small talk, sometimes you really can. If you take a moment to think about how we
each have the opportunity to take in our day cherishing a brief moment of
laughter or a shared view or shared value or even a different perspective to
open our minds to other ways of thinking – we can learn quite a bit.
So the next time you have the opportunity, stop in your
tracks. Pay attention to what is going on around you and especially what is
really happening during a conversation you are having. If you learn something pass it on. For all you know, you can be helping someone
and be providing the very answers they have been looking for in all those books
and classrooms that only YOU can provide.
& Tess – We Solved It
for everyday PROBLEMS