Living and Learning

Living and Learning:  the daily process of how we should be living life

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. Einstein

Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind. Dale Carnegie

If our learning curve does not always slant upward, we are not growing.  Randall Burkhalter

   A learning curve is a useful concept that measures learning. Our individual learning curve tells much about us. Some have learning curves that are very steep. They seek knowledge and live to learn. Others have learning curves that are more horizontal than vertical. If theirs was any flatter, they might expire. The adages that we are never too old to learn and to never let a day go by without learning are profoundly true.  

    If we do not continue to learn, it is questionable how alive we really are. Zombies are fictional creatures that are animated corpses. They go through the motions of life, but are not really living and breathing. Life challenges us to be dynamic and involved. Our days should be filled with living, learning and doing. These activities help us to stay on top of our “game.” There should always be activity and learning. Too many are living their lives more like zombies, only going through the motions. We need to live with gusto, vim and vigor.        

    The wisdom of the ages tells us over and over again, that we get out of live in direct proportion to what we put into it. “No pain, no gain,” “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,”  “It is better to attempt something great and fall short than attempt nothing and succeed.” There are many truisms advocating life should be lived with effort and energy. Many of us have our throttles turned down way too low. We are missing out on life’s great learning adventures. In many ways if we are not actively learning and seeking we are only hastening our demise.

     Learning curves portray the effort expended and the growth resulting from our efforts. Children have tremendous learning curves. They hunger for life. If we received quarterly reports measuring our learning and growing, many of us would be embarrassed. Laziness, complacency, fear, limiting beliefs, status quo and too much time spent in our comfort zone does not foster upwardly sloping learning curves. There is no free lunch.

     If we were to visualize the learning curves of those who are succeeding, those who are active and dynamic, those who seem to be on top of life and getting the most from life; what would they look like? Do they slope down, are they flat, or do the upwardly slope? We are responsible and accountable for what we do with our lives.

Challenge: You have heard that life is what you make it. You are the conductor of your own orchestra, the architect of your own cathedral, and the biographer of your own epic journey. The effort and passion with which you perform your responsibility has everything to do with the end result. You get what you pay for. Life tries to live up to your expectations. It is up to you to have high enough expectations to get the most from your life.

Wisdom: Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. Sarah Caldwell

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

We are here to experience this life fully. It should be a great adventure. We should be actively seeking, learning and growing. Many believe we are serving an apprenticeship for something greater in the next life. The Bible is full of teaching and parables about being good stewards, sowing good seeds, doing good things for others, and for making a difference. We are here for the purpose of allowing God to develop and grow us to our potential.

Prayer: Help me to put myself into your hands. Mold me and make me into what you designed me to be.

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