Friday, November 5, 2010

Reluctant Student

I love to learn.  I love to teach.  I love to try new things, experiment, and grow.  But, I can sometimes be a very reluctant student.

Some things I seem reluctant to learn.  Sometimes it's a life lesson that keeps presenting itself to me over and over (and over...).  I swear, there are times when I read through old journals and it seemed as if I had written them just yesterday.  Same issue, different day.

Sometimes it's something more academic like statistics or translating Latin.  I studied Latin for five years in school and I still can't translate for beans!

And there are some things I flat out refuse to learn.  I refuse to learn intolerance.  I refuse to learn how to backstab.  I refuse to learn how to withhold my gifts.

Most people embrace learning, including myself.  But learning takes time, energy, commitment.  And sometimes we are reluctant to make the sacrifices necessary in order for the learning to happen.

What about you?  What kind of student are you?  Are you willing to put in the time and energy it takes to learn and master a new skill?


  1. Great picture! That's what some of my students look like sometimes. LOL

  2. A Course in Miracles says that we teach what we want to learn. And that we are always teaching, whether we are aware of it or not. So I guess we are always learning, whether we are aware of it or not.

    As for being willing to learn, I am enjoying learning several things right now. I am learning how to play mahjong. I am learning a new paper craft. I am learning taekwondo. It's so much fun to learn when you don't feel pressure to be a master!

  3. Well said, Galen. I'm often too much of a perfectionist at certain things, but I do love to both learn and teach. I really enjoy seeing someone learn. I get a real kick out of it. It never fails to make me smile.

    And, thanks, Carmen. Some of my students used to look like that too. That's when I knew it was time for me to shut up. LOL