On a whim, I stopped at our local library to check out some books, but did not know exactly what I was looking for when I got there. Yet, I was drawn to the section about leadership and how “the power of one” can make a difference in this world. I am just about done with book 1 of 4. Do you make a point to learn something new every day? I find myself asking the kids that I work with, “What did you learn at school today?” Sometimes, they can think of lots of things, and other times they cannot think of one thing. You know what the difference is? ATTITUDE!! One kid is excited about learning something new and the other thinks school is boring because that kid can think of something else that is more important than learning. I am here to tell you that when you stop learning, you stop growing. Even if you learn something about yourself, you are changed. Lessons and learning do not have to come in conventional school-type settings – you and I both know that. We learn about adversity by watching a co-worker struggle with issues in their home life. We learn perspective when we see a woman who has left her abusive boyfriend/husband after years with two small children, to begin to appreciate what we have in our own lives. We can learn every day, but have to be open to it. We learn who matters to you when your time seems to be a juggling act. We learn who are friends really are when we are not feeling well. We learn what is really important, when the small things seem to catch our attention instead of the bigger picture. Start a journal where you not only are aware of those things in your life that you are grateful for but also include one thing you learned today as well. In a year, you will have learned 365 things that otherwise you might not have remembered about because they may seem insignificant at the time. Looking back at the past just is a reminder of where you were, but don’t get stuck there. Keep looking for more opportunities to read, talk to others, expand what you know. You will not regret it…ever. Have a wonderful weekend. You deserve it and are worth every minute.
Michelle Homme 2011 ©