Life is a persistent teacher. It will repeat a lesson over and over until it is learned. How does life know whether or not we have learned a lesson? Until we have changed our behavior. Until then, even if we intellectually “know” something, we haven’t really learned it. School remains in session. The good news is that we eventually learn all we need to know.
For some, however, eventually is not soon enough. If you can learn something that will make your life happier, healthier, and more productive, why not learn it now? That brings happiness, health and productivity to you sooner-and it avoids a lot of painful lessons along the way.
Others aren’t content with learning only what they need to know. Getting by is not enough. They want more; they’re eager learners. But what if we’re curious about things that seemingly can’t be answered? When faced with this quandary we need to refer to the words of Johnetta Cole, former president of Spelman College: “society curses ignorance whether among the rich or poor. To be educated is the greatest gift in life.” Marva Collins, founder of Chicago’s Westside Prep, said “The world itself is a university,” Children learn from every facet of life. Whomever evades learning misses out on life.” When we continue to learn, we learn how to succeed.
You’re not in school for only a few years, you’re in school
for the rest of your life.
Printed with permission of the author, Dr. Dennis Kimbro.