Happy Sunday! Can you believe we are in March now? This year seems to be moving rather quickly. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunny days. 🙂
I was chatting with my husband yesterday and we got on the topic of education and life-long learning. We reminisced about some of the fun things we had growing up.. like “The More You Know” PSAs, McGruff the Crime Dog, (Fun fact, I actually wrote him a letter, and I received a comic book and a letter in the mail back.) Smokey Bear, Schoolhouse Rock, segments in cartoons that taught us things (like the Animanics 50 states and capitals song), Beakman’s World, Bill Nye the Science Guy, etc..
Education is important, and learning doesn’t stop when you walk across the stage to accept your diploma. Graduating doesn’t mean you’re done learning.
Learning is a life-long journey.
We can get philosophical and discuss elements of knowledge. How life presents many lessons, experience is the best teacher, every person you meet can teach you something..
We can be practical. Immerse yourself in your field. Read books written by the experts, magazines and newspapers that talk about innovations, stay up to date on new information…
The internet presents a unique opportunity. Never before have we had so much information at our fingertips. At this point, there is no excuse. You can learn anything you want at your own convenience.
And let’s not forget.. one of my favorite places.. the library. There is something magical about perusing the shelves of books and taking the time to investigate the subjects that interest you the most. Small town libraries are my favorite. Usually, the librarians are friendly and you end up having an hour conversation each time you visit. It’s like visiting an old friend. Chatting with the locals is always a fun time as well. You can learn so much by taking 20 minutes to have a conversation with someone.
Is there anything better than visiting grandma and grandpa and listening to their stories? We can learn so much from our grandparents, and our parents. Unfortunately, this is something we usually don’t realize until we are older.. So, if you are able, I highly recommend paying a visit or making a phone call this week.
Today I wanted to share my favorite quotes about education, knowledge, life, and learning. There are a lot of good ones and I hope they inspire you to keep learning.
“What is a college? An institute of learning. What is a business? An institute of learning. Life, itself, is an institute of learning.”
– Thomas Edison
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
– Albert Einstein
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
– Marcel Proust
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
– Leo Tolstoy
“I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one’s self.”
– George Washington Carver
“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
– Abigail Adams
“I’ve learned… that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”
– Andy Rooney
“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.