The World Is Our Classroom
Catherine Pulsifer, © 2008
I recently read some of H. Jackson Brown, Jr's work. He has one piece that
is entitled, "Live and Learn and Pass It On". Here is a partial piece of that
I've learned that most of the things I worry about never happen. -age 64
I've learned that every great achievement was once considered impossible. -age 47
I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. -age 7
I've learned that if there were no problems there would be no opportunities. -age 19
I've learned that it doesn't cost anything to be nice. -age 66
I've learned that the important thing is not what others think of me but what I think of me. -age 38
There Is A Lot to Learn In This World
Each thing we learn does not have to be a magnificent revelation but only
something that sticks with you over time. Here are just a few things
you may have learned over time:
- Most things in life that one worries about never happen.
One of the greatest testaments to people's stupidity is the
power of control given to worry. Worry, as we should all know by now,
never accomplishes anything. Well, maybe I'm wrong. Worry over a
long period in life can produce adverse health
But, I'm convinced that health issues are not what anyone wants or desires.
As I alluded to earlier, the only power that worry has is what you give it.
This means that you allow worry to dominate in your mind and the more you
let worry into your thoughts, the more power it has over you.
Remember, that you always have a choice; your choice can be to live
knowing that worry has never produced one ounce of help, joy, or
resolution or you can live with worry as a constant and heavy weight
upon your shoulder of life.
- Great achievements
are not always accomplished
by the most educated but the most determined.
Education by itself is no more valuable than one without education.
The real difference in any aspect of life be that educated or not, tall or thin,
while or black, rich or poor is what one does with what has been given to
you. Those who are highly educated can waste their blessings
if they do not use what they have learned because to keep knowledge,
or the value to rectify situations to themselves, does nothing for those around
them. The value of each person is not measured by some cultural definition
of bountifulness but is properly measured by what one contributes to society
as a whole. To each person is given talents and gifts that can be used or abused. It is immaterial how a person contributes to the overall well-being of those within the family, or village, or town, or city, or province or state as long as the person contributes to the best of their innate abilities.
- Problems are the greatest reflection of possibilities to be and that failures
are the best teachers in the world.
The statement above reflects the underlying impetus for growth and
advancement. Without problems there would be no need to find solutions
or different ways or better ways of doing things. Just like Thomas Edison's
invention of the lightbulb would never have taken place if the use of candles
were ultimately sufficient for everyone's needs and desires. And, with one new
addition of a solution to a need or a problem comes another new and better
- To be nice, to be kind,
to show compassion doesn't cost you a penny and
what you give is worth more than money can buy.
Have you ever noticed that those people who are stingy,
selfish or mean are often all alone in life? These types of people do
not enjoy the benefits of loving and kind relationships because
they do not extend courtesy to others. But, do not despair thinking
that you cannot influence even these often mean spirited individuals.
Maybe it is more that they have never been part of a caring family rather
than it is that they have never experienced what love is. The more you extend
caring, kindness and compassion towards these types of people, the more
you begin the process of sowing positive seeds in their life. If you expect to
see instant change in these types of people, don't be alarmed or give up when
you see no substantial change. Just remember that any new behavior takes
time to manifest itself.
- You can't have what you can't see, and you can't see what you don't
Dreams are the initial establishment of things that can be. Without a dream
there is no change
in any circumstance or way of life. However, it is not only
a dream that fosters growth but it is, instead, the taking of action in regards
to the dream that brings it to life and fruition. Please give your dreams
an opportunity to become reality. This implies that to dream is not the
same as to do. I have known multitudes of people who have had a dream
but they have never taken any action to even begin. And, if you start to take
action, you also need to have determination,
perseverance and dedication
to bring a dream to reality. Do not give up just because you may encounter
setbacks or initial failure. To be successful
means that one failure is the be all
and end all. A failure is a valuable teacher in that lessons can be learned to
be mobilized in your next attempt.
When we kept a journal and each year on our birthday
we wrote the most
significant thing or things that occurred in our life, and what we learned from
this, then we would have a legacy to pass on to our children. Think of your
last five years. What one thing did you learn that you would share with
someone that you love?
What I Have Learned
2007 - I've learned that life is precious and we never know if tomorrow will come. It is critical that we live each day to the fullest. Each person, each minute is only a heartbeat away from death. Live each day as if it was your last.
2006 - I've learned that sometimes you need to ask for help, that you can't do it all.
2005 - I've learned that sometimes no matter how much you help someone, if they don't want to change or learn, you can't change them, you can only change yourself.
2004 - I've learned to appreciate the changing of the seasons; sometimes we get so busy in life that we don't appreciate the simple things in life.
2003 - I've learned that dreams can come true. If you stick to your goals, don't get discouraged, persevere and persist when faced with roadblocks.
What Have You Learned
What have you learned in the last five years that has changed your
thinking, or influenced your life? By recording the wisdom in your
life events you will actually have the beginnings of your story. There
is a saying, "every life is a story, make yours a best seller."
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Either do something about it or fix it, but don't worry."
Patricia Akins, Things They Don't Teach You In High School
"In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices."
Dr. Kathleen Hall
"Don't live in your own world. It is best to learn what others have achieved and this will also give you the psyche to get there."
Dennis Jansen, Articles Of Growth
"Life is a game and your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to play fully."
"Make your life be a great one, one of positivity, unlimited dreams, and, never forget, be kind, you can't always rewind."
Jason Hall, Captain Dad's Treasure Map
"This is for all of you out there tonight, reaching for a dream - don't ever give up! Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!"
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