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Wanting to be best me possible and life my best life so I can share this with my loved ones motivates me to learn and grow. Of course there are times that I have no motivation at all and life just pushes me to grow. I am thankful for growth and am always amazed how just when you think you have grown so much there is still so much more room to grow❤️
In my work, it is to find something to support others to unfold to their best and for this, giving everything full of enthusiasm.
When I seek learning more about something is what motivates me. Life’s challenges can also push me to learn and/or something fun, new and pleasurable would.
Knowing that I don’t really know.
I am trying to reflect because I wonder how much I actually do learn and grow.
I could identify some demonstrable ways in which I learn. I have been practicing another language for about a year now. I read regularly about different experiences and topics. I am certainly looking to take on new tasks professionally. When I have the time and mental capacity, I even take classes online just to learn a little more about a certain topic.
I see a lot of that motivation coming from curiosity and creativity, perhaps from empathy. As I mentioned, having time and space helps a lot.
I wonder about change, though. In my life, I have changed in all manner of ways–some external, some internal. I do wonder, lately, though if I am really caught in a particular place personally where growth might mean letting go of some of my self-identity or ways of relating and interacting that are no longer productive.
Perhaps, as Charlie T said, it is the desire for less suffering that motivates me there.
My Curiosity….I have been blessed with the desire, the need, to know more & more. It is like a “little fire” burning deep inside of me, this curiousness. It keeps me going.
My personal realization that what I say and what I do matters. The daily quote from earlier this week from Luisah Teish was: “Our fates are tied. We have this strange notion on this planet that our fates are not tied. If it were not so we would not be here together. It’s that simple.” As my husband use to say, “God/Universe/Life needs you. God needs me.” The God of my understanding is an evolutionary God. And if as some say, God is Love then we either all find our way home or none of us find our way home. Love will wait until we do and the metaphorical Tree of Life in Genesis will no longer need to be guarded. My mentor use to say, “I’ll see you in paradise.” I share a poem I wrote several years ago.
CLEAR SEEING by Carol Ann Conner
WE ARE PILGRIMS ON THE JOURNEY.
WE SEARCH BUT ALL PATHS LEAD NO WHERE.
WHY? BECAUSE WE NEVER LEFT THE GARDEN.
WE JUST THINK WE DID.
AND WHAT WE THINK MANIFESTS.
AND WHAT MANIFESTS BECOMES OUR REALITY —
A REALITY THAT DENIES OUR BIRTHRIGHT
AND IMPRISONS OUR VERY SOUL.
SO LET US RE-MEMBER THE GARDEN.
GATHER BENEATH THE TREE OF LIFE.
ROOT OURSELVES IN ITS AGELESS WISDOM
AND BECOME WHAT WE WERE MEANT TO BE.
WHOLE, WHOLLY, ONE WITH NATURE
ONE WITH ALL CREATION,
WEATHERING ALL THE SEASONS OF LIFE WITH GRACE,
AND GRATEFULNESS FOR IT ALL.
The desire for less suffering.
Fear of missing out. I want my last chapters of my physical living be interesting as I am interested.
The Grace of curiosity, helps me want to learn and grow always!
It seems to be part of who I am. When I read, I prefer books that teach me something new. Being in a classroom has always felt right to me. I heard a quote once, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come.”
These days there is much to learn about truth. I like this quote too: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau.
“Involve me and I learn”. Thanks for the wisdom quote, Kevin.
When I am involved, when I am engaged – whether it is making bran muffins, playing with a 14 month old, learning to knit, conversing, being a climate activist, responding to the daily question, I learn and grow. I am both blessed and blessing.
I love to learn and am grateful for growth, although the growing “pains” are not an enjoyable part of the process.
Learning and growing make me feel alive. They force me out of my usual ruts onto new terrain. A new perspective gives me a sense of satisfaction.
“Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back.” The wonder and majesty of the natural world is all encompassing. Just observing gives great pleasure, understanding a bit of earth science increases my knowledge and growth.
I have always been motivated to learn something new. Right now I just finished a painting class. Although I cannot draw yet, I have fallen in love with color and have enjoyed just learning about using and mixing colors. In the spring I am taking an introduction to drawing class, and will probably take an online class before the spring one. I love to learn!
I have a friend who is a wonderful artist. She usually starts with a tracing from a photo. One summer I used a book intended for children on how to draw and spent many evenings drawing pictures of animals and loved it. The eraser is such a good friend. I can find the name of the book if you are interested.
Thank you, Rabbit, for the suggestion. Sure, I will use everything I can. I am practicing now with the grid, and find it a very useful tool.
The book is: The Wonders of Nature Sketchbook by Colleen Monroe.
This new day with its endless possibilities and opportunities.
Curiosity, the need/hope to solve a puzzle about something, trying to find ways to adapt to aging issues such as arthritic hands, while hoping not to have to give up entirely something I enjoy.
Oh, Pilgrim I can relate. My hands are like that too. The arthritis in my right index finger created a cyst and was becoming infected. The good news is I know a good hand surgeon that worked on it for me. It doesn’t change the arthritis the but the infection is gone and the nail looks better. The cyst was destroying it.
Did your family have arthritis? Both sides of mind did. You are not alone. Do you do any hand exercises?
I like your strategy- don’t give up something you love. Learn ways to cope!
Rabbit, I’ve had struggles with my thumb/wrist especially – had surgery on the right hand and expect it down the road on the left. I use heated gloves or heating pad sometimes, or wrap in stretchy bandage when wrist/thumb needs strong support. Occasionally an injection of cortisone. I have used some kind of a keyboard or typewriter/computer since I was in high school (I am 70+ years), and also a musician (oboe). Hands are pretty small. I am just pretty small boned. I figure as long as I keep moving, that will be a plus. Thank you for asking! I am glad to know that you were able to find a good hand surgeon to help with your situation!
Thank you for sharing your experience. C.S. Lewis said: “We read so we know we are not alone.” Once again you have proven him right. Trouble is I think my hand doctor might retire any minute. That is true of so many doctors these days. My husband and I both lost our primary doctors and our heart doctors recently. Treat yourself well Pilgrim. 💗✋
My job – I still learn something new everyday.
The following quote by Benjamin Franklin always motivated me to keep learning; “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
I took a watercolor class a while back. If you asked the teacher a question, she would say, “Let me sit where you are” and she painted on your picture. I didn’t like that at all and in my opinion it was not teaching. She could learn from your quote. Thank you for your wisdom Kevin.
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