lifelong learner

When people tell me to focus on one language instead of learning a whole bunch, I get a little pissed. This is my hobby and I get to decide how to enjoy it. The reason I like languages is that I can spend my whole life learning one and still have more to learn. If I’m going to be a lifelong learner of languages, why not accumulate many along the way?

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Me… making a face that I would nevvver make IRL because I am 47 (for another month or so), not 27. 

This is an homage to one of my favorite IG fitness motivation accounts. The “red” in my hair is digitally added and the overexposure hides all (most of) the wrinkles. 🙈

I feel great on the inside… never mind that the outside is catching up not as fast.

Still, I am grateful.

Good health is not a given. At any age.

Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the blows of a friend as precious. And when it must say a critical word to a person caught in sin or error, it speaks from the deep conviction of its own fallibility and its own susceptibility to sin and its utter dependence on the grace of God. The quietness and openness and vulnerability of meekness is a very beautiful and a very painful thing. It goes against all that we are by our sinful nature. It requires supernatural help.
—  John Piper
Creating Study Habits With Yuly Aronson

Because he’s modest, Yuly Aronson would never tell you that he graduated cum laude from Iowa State University.  However, Aronson was quite the accomplished student.  Today, Yuly Aronson is quite the accomplished hand surgeon and expert in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.  While Aronson is a lifelong learner, he developed his excellent study habits while an undergraduate student at Iowa State University.

Today, Yuly Aronson would like to share some of the study habits that he developed as an undergraduate student.  Aronson believes that these habits helped him become a star student, and he thinks that the habits are applicable to anyone who is currently studying.

  • Yuly Aronson believes that having a designated study place is one of the most essential aspects of creating strong study habits.  When you go to that designated place, says Yuly Aronson, whether it’s a desk in the library or your attic, your mind and body know that it’s time to study.
  • Also, Yuly Aronson believes that study practices are maximized when they happen at the same time.  Because we are creatures of habit and routine, Yuly Aronson believes that studying at the same time is an important part of creating good study habits.
  • Also, Yuly Aronson highly recommends studying in small increments.  If you’re a student attending lectures, Aronson recommends that you review your notes shortly after hearing the lecture, and just before you go back into the next class.  This habit will help reinforce learned material.
  • In the same vein, Yuly Aronson recommends that students start studying for tests at least a week in advance.  By studying in advance – as opposed to cramming – your mind has more time to ingest the material.  Yuly Aronson finds this technique of prolonged studying helps him retain information read in medical journals today.

I went to a nursing organization’s webinar a few days ago and they encouraged us to consider these “simple” promises at work every day. Wow! I don’t think they are so simple, but I can imagine how transforming they would be to my workplace. I’m gonna try to be mindful of them and see if I can start the change within myself. After all, I’m the only one I can control.

So I’ll be starting Week 10 of 11 in a few days. My last class in grad school!!!Eeeeeek! I’m almost done! I have learned so much and I plan to continue learning more. I’m already studying for my nurse educator certification and next year I’d like to get my cardiac rehab certification. And then there’s my book. Tracy starts his bridge courses to his BSN in March and then on to his MSN! And the beat goes on…

My son had a few terrible (thank God) experiences with alcohol around the age of 18, decided the activity was overrated, and, since then, tells people that he’s allergic to the stuff if anyone offers.

*sigh* “Kids… these days.” 😎👏👏👏


[Damage to the frontal lobes can be particularly injurious to alcoholics. “These brain areas are critical to learning new information and, even more importantly, in self-regulation, impulse control, and the modification of all complicated human behaviors,” Fortier continued. “In other words, the very parts of the brain that may be most important for controlling problem drinking are damaged by alcohol, and the more alcohol consumed, the greater the damage.”]

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #23

Entry #023 Praying to be a Lifelong Learner

  The biggest mistake we can make is thinking we know everything. When we live life from a position of our ego, we stunt our growth and tie God’s hands. When we can no longer be taught, we cease to live. Even Jesus as a young child on earth grew and waxed strong in wisdom and understanding, and He is the All-knowing God. Satan daily studies our patterns, weaknesses and failures so that he can condemn and accuse us. He is always coming up with news spins on old tricks to entrap us. He doesn’t know our future or what is in our hearts now; even with all of his consistent study. He cannot learn or create; but we, who are made in the image of God, can. God has given us His creative power to speak things into existence, and to plant seeds of life that follows the principles of sowing and reaping. Satan only has the power we give him or that he steals from us. He is incapable of altering our destiny unless we listen to his lies, give his words power, and if we allow the seeds of deception to fester in our souls. But like him, we only know in part on this earth. When we get to heaven all things will be revealed to us, and we will have the capability to perceive it. But as long as we are in this world we have to constantly learn and grow. Regardless of the degrees we have, the life and work experience we possess, and the talents and skills we have mastered, there is always room for growth and knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to apply what we have learned to better our lives and the lives of others.  In all of our getting, we need to get an understanding. Understanding increases our capacity to love, forgive and serve on a deeper level. The most successful people are progressively seeking new avenues and opportunities to be effective. What brought about the dispensation of the law in the beginning were the people arrogantly proclaiming they can follow all of God’s commands in their own strength. Till this day, no man has been able to keep and fulfill the totality of the law but Jesus Christ. He is the only all-knowing all-seeing God. And when we humble ourselves before Him to remain teachable and coachable, we are guaranteed success. Every moment in life can be a teachable moment, and every experience can be a learning experience. Everyday there are new skills to master, and old talents to further utilize and improve upon. Our brain is like every other muscle in our bodies; if we don’t use it we will lose it. Continual learning is not only a good thing to do, it is crucial to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. So praying to be a lifelong learner is staying open for new opportunities and experiences in our future, enjoying living and comprehending new things in our present, while learning from the mistakes and failures of our past.

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Leadership is learning by doing, adapting to actual conditions. Leader are constantly learning from the errors and failures. Life is the leaders laboratory, and exemplary leaders use it to conduct as many experiments with possible. Try, fail, learn. Try, fail, learn. Try, fail, learn. That’s the leaders mantra. They learn from the failures as well is their successes, and they make it possible for others to do the same.
—  Leadership Classics
Being infinite, God is inexhaustibly interesting. It is impossible, therefore, that God be boring. His continual demonstration of the most intelligent and interesting actions is volcanic. As the source of every good pleasure, He Himself pleases fully and finally. If that’s not how we experience Him, we are either dead or sleeping. It is therefore astonishing how little effort is put into knowing God. … Let us pray that our infinitely great God would open our eyes and hearts to see Him and seek to know Him more.
—  John Piper