My mom (and my dad) told us to learn something new every day. At dinner we were required to share, one at a time, what new thing we had learned that day. A shrug and saying “i learned nothing”, was not accepted. We were expected to contribute something to the family and the dinner conversation. We were expected to, as they called it, “hold forth”. Why, do you suppose that was? They valued learning. “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins” –that quote is by Jim Rohn. I found it in an internet search for motivational quotes.
Perhaps that expectation by my parents is one of the things that helps me speak my mind today and keeps me motivated to learn and discover. My parents wanted me to be forever engaged with life, forever setting goals each day. They wouldn’t settle for mediocre effort. As a result, I pass that insistence on striving on to my students. My son is in love with learning and is always trying to learn new things.
That is why I love the blogs I follow. I learn from each blog. I learn from each comment. Yesterday I went to the aquarium and to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West. I am going to include a photo from each place. I am still formulating my post(s) about Taliesen….but here are some lovely photos. The triangular pool in the photo, by the way is a perfect 30-60-90 triangle….geometry freaks will love that!