“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.”
If you have been reading the Daily for any length of time you know I often share the thoughts of Ralph Marston when they compliment that day’s theme. I have been getting e-mail from him for a few years now and I am grateful for that. It is not just that he offers wisdom that is often worth following, it is that he also triggers me to think and to often see things in a new light.
His is another gift that helps keep my life interesting. As we age it is far too easy to just put on our slippers, sit in the recliner and watch the world go by. Far too often we stop while the world keeps moving and we end up seeing it all through old eyes when some new knowledge might allow us to see more clearly. We buy stronger reading glasses, acquire things to help us overcome our physical limitations and yet many of us are reluctant to acquire mental aids and get to the point where the old adage of use it or lose it takes its toll. Lately I have noticed that it does not require a person to be elderly to start the brain withering process all it takes is to stop challenging oneself to learn.
I know for myself some of the best moments of my golden years have been not only what I have learned but also the process of learning. It is amazing how many seniors I have met who have added new knowledge to their accumulated wisdom resulting in their making some terrific contributions to the effort of solving today’s problems.
This latest personal realization was triggered by my reading this piece from Marston today.
Go get more
You do not grow old simply by living a certain number of years. You grow old only when you stop filling those years with new substance and value.
Don’t spend all your time and energy merely confirming again and again what you already know. That will make you too old too soon.
Instead, put your effort and energy into learning, discovering and experiencing what you do not yet know. That will keep your life young, fresh and vibrant, even as the years continue to progress.
There are all kinds of new things you can learn today. There are all sorts of great ways to challenge your assumptions and increase your wisdom.
If you think you know it all, you’re cheating yourself out of the opportunity to continually build upon your knowledge. If you refuse to challenge your beliefs, those beliefs will begin to imprison you rather than support you.
Treasure the knowledge you possess and all the rich experiences you’ve had. Then get up, get out there and get a whole lot more.
All I can say to that is, “Right on Ralph, thanks.”
“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
Two rednecks go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment – the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the rednecks finally catches a fish.
As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred bucks?”
The other guy says, “Wow! Then it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”
If my computer performs one more illegal operation, I’m going to report it to the authorities.
“NOW EVERYONE SAY IT WITH ME”:
I won’t get bad luck, lose my friends, lose my mailing lists, hear any music or see a cool pop up screen if I don’t forward this. Bill Gates is NOT going to send me money, Victoria’s Secret doesn’t know anything about a gift certificate they’re supposed to send me and Ford will not give me a 50% percent discount even if I HAVE forwarded my e-mail to more than 50 people.
I will NEVER receive gift certificates, coupons or freebies from Coke Cola, Cracker Barrel, or Old Navy if I send this to10 people who don’t know who I am anyway.
My phone will not MYSTERIOUSLY ring after I forward this. There is NO SUCH THING as an E-mail tracker, and I am not STUPID enough to think that someone will send me $100 for forwarding this to 10 or more people.
There is no kid with cancer through the Make a Wish program in England collecting anything. He did when he was 7 years old. He is now cancer free and 35 years old and DOESN’T WANT ANYMORE POSTCARDS, CALLING CARDS OR GET WELL CARDS!
The government does not have a bill in congress called 901B (or whatever they named it this week) that if passed will enable them to charge us 5 cents for every sent e-mail. There will be NO cool dancing, singing, waving, colorful flower, character, or program I will receive immediately after I forward this. People are just trying to talk me into doing it to make me look like a fool.
The American Red Cross will not donate 50 cents to a certain individual dying of some never heard of before disease for every e-mail address I send this to. The American Red Cross RECEIVES donations, they don’t donate!
And finally, I WILL NOT let others guilt me into sending things on to my friends for fear they will think I am not their friend…or by telling me I have no conscious or don’t believe in JESUS CHRIST.
If God wants to send me a message, I believe the bushes in my yard will burn before He picks up a PC to pass it along…but even if it does come by e-mail, I’m sure He will care enough to delete all those annoying forward’s in it!
Now, repeat this 4 times to yourself until you’ve memorized it and then send it along to at least 5 of your friends before the next full moon or you will be constipated for the next 3 months.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated, “Wash. Biol. Surv.” until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:
“Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you it was horrible.”
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”
“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”
“Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”
“We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said.
“The sharks got ’em.”
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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