One of my goals in life is to continue to learn on a daily basis. In my effort to do this I have discovered that all people and all things can be teachers. Here is a sampling of the great variety of educators I have found and the enjoyable ways in which they have made wise the simple.
- Places of worship are great places to learn but it isn’t always necessary to go inside to do this. Their signboards out on the street often have wonderful messages, such as, “Tact is thinking twice before saying nothing.”
- Other signs along the road can be equally inspirational and instructional when viewed with an open mind and so I am reminded to Keep Right and to Yield.
- Books have a lot to teach but you don’t even need to crack them open when the titles are wise like Stay Alive All Your Life, by Norman Vincent Peale.
- Song lyrics? Yes! They’re instructive too! Even children’s songs! Kermit the Frog discusses how difficult it is to be who we are when he sings, “It’s not that easy bein’ green.”
- Kids’ movies, likewise, often carry adult messages. The Lion King, closes with this motivating line, “It is time.”
- Friends have a lot of wisdom to offer too. Pam says, “Don’t open a Coke if you want to drink root beer.”
- And speaking of beverages, my coffee mug reminds me “A Coffee a Day Keeps the Grumpy Away.”
- And don’t even get me started on all the other mugs and wall hangings in gift shops that shout out wisdom. Here’s some relationship advice: “Never Put the Key to Happiness in Somebody Else’s Pocket;” and some business advice: “1 Year = 365 Opportunities;” and some mental health advice: “No Matter How You Feel, Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up and Never Give Up;” and on it goes.
Words of wisdom, inspirational thoughts, life’s lessons – they are in endless supply and they are all around me. I hope you will join me as I find them and share them in this blog and in my posts to Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. And don’t forget, I print out life lessons on quilts that I have designed. Those images are available in my Etsy shop as note cards and frameable prints.
A Note and a Disclaimer:
The Note: Some of the bullet points above are borrowed from the essay “Eclectic Learning” from my book Get Quiet and Listen.
The Disclaimer: My degree is in Education, not in Psychology, so I have no qualifications for telling you how to live your life. However, as I share the stories of my life I hope you will find some lessons that might work for your life as well.