Friday, October 14, 2011

The Art of Learning

I am obsessively drawn to insatiably, curious people.  I love people who are always learning new things.  They enhance my life and make me feel incredibly young.
As I look for new directions for myself, careerwise and other, I find that these types of people give me hope and energy.  They are all ages and both genders.  When you find someone who is crazy curious about life and learning new things, I say, “Grab them!”.  
Grab them, watch them, spend time with them, and learn from them.
The more I am with people like this, the more I believe that learning new things and being open to learning new things are the keys to staying mentally young.
I love this article, “The Art of Learning”, from the Think Simple Now blog.  Here is a snippet. You can read the full article online.

“In the 20 minutes of witnessing learning in full effect at the Apple Store, I felt deeply inspired. The man, although had 50 years on me, carried the energetic spirit of an 18-year-old.
Perhaps we take for granted the opportunity to learn, to evolve with change, to expand & grow, and to challenge ourselves to see the details of life with new wonderment.
Maybe we miss an empowering conversation in the grocery story line because we are too busy thinking about the next three errands ahead.
Or we miss the chance to reframe a current, frustrating situation with a friend’s refreshing perspective because keeping-in-touch hasn’t been a priority.
Or we miss the opportunity to deepen our compassion for a family member who needs us because we haven’t picked up the phone in months—simply to ask, “Hey, how’ve you been? What’s new?
Or the book, the class, the certification, the travel adventure we’ve decided to put off until tomorrow because it’s easier to delay than to take action.
When we decide to put off events, conversations, and the opportunity to life-learn, we also take for granted the amazing people, teachers, and lessons available in our expansive world, ready to arm us with more vibrant, meaningful experiences.
Today, we can choose to open our thoughts, perspective, and time to create space for growth—our own growth.”


Monday, October 03, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

I want to be more patient NOW!  I am so envious of patient people.  When I get really excited about something, I don’t like waiting.  Patient people seem calmer and able to take things more in stride.
In the following article, “How to Be More Patient”*, the author analyzes what’s behind being impatient.  I like his take on it because it helped me change my view of life, not just learn how to wait for things to happen.
As he describes below, if you truly feel as if you can handle whatever comes your way, you lose the angst that comes with impatience.
I would add to the article that not clinging to expectations of what “should” happen is very helpful as well. If you are not attached to any particular outcome, whatever happens, works.  
None of this is easy because many times we are changing life long tendencies; but, it’s never too late to start.

“If you know the root cause behind the issue or problem, you can target it and rather than just quiet the problem, completely destroy it.
Patience is clearly linked to someone’s level of confidence. Impatience usually appears when one feels let down, when you don't feel in control, or perhaps feel that your hands are tied. You want something to happen now, but you cannot seem to do anything to speed things up. A person with plentiful levels of confidence will accept the situation as it is; they will not fight it or rail against it. Rather, they will work with it.
Patience gives you confidence and confidence allows a person to see a situation clearly and to look for different options.
As you begin to think you can do something, you find a way to do it. When you think you cannot do something, you do not even look for those options and opportunities; this leads to frustration and frequent waves of impatience.
If you want to actually become more patient, you must become more confident about who you are, and believe that even if things go wrong, you will be ready to tackle the problems head on."
*I have taken the liberty of editing this article.