It’s true that no matter your age or stage in life, there’s never a time when you don’t learn something new. In fact, right from birth you just keep on learning every day. As you interact with others at home, school, work or play, you gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience. These lessons are hugely important and wonderfully beneficial. They enrich relationships and help make you a great parent, grandparent, class mate, friend, work colleague, or neighbour. So check out these tips and keep your zest for learning bubbling over. You’ll live a splendidly useful, active life!
DON’T STOP LEARNING:
My mother once said that through me - her firstborn child, she learned to be a parent. “You didn’t come with a hand book telling me what to do as you grew. Each day I had to learn to be a mother and help you become a happy, healthy child.”
- Be willing to learn. Don’t think “I know all about that!” Just as a closed fist can’t receive anything that’s offered, so a closed mind can’t take in life-improving ideas.
- Be humble. “Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea.” Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health p. 323
- Keep an open mind. Don’t immediately say something won’t work. Contemplate all possibilities, especially those you’ve never considered before.
- Don’t stop learning. Be determined. Investigate new pathways of thinking - including spiritual concepts. “Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort, work to acquire understanding.” Bible. Proverbs 4:7
LEARN FROM OTHERS:
In the laboratory of life you may not always have all the answers. When this happens, don’t think you’re too old, or too cool, to learn from someone else.
- Be keen to learn. It’s not always about how much you already know, but understanding what you need to learn and how, when, and where to learn it.
- Have an inquiring mind. I once dug a channel to run storm water from a downpipe into the garden. A young neighbour asked me what I was doing. I explained I was digging a channel. He asked why? I told him. He asked why? An hour later he was still learning!!
- Benefit from the experience of others. Value what they know. Take up good ideas or adapt them to your situation. Whatever you do, plan to keep on learning every day. It’s good for your health.
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Beverly Goldsmith writes on the connection between spirituality and health and is a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. Twitter: @GoldsmithBev
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