Be Thankful for the Gift of Learning

During this Thanksgiving week, I like to take time to reflect on all the blessings I have in my life. One thing I’m always thankful for is the ability to continually learn and grow.

As creatures of habit, we often find that learning a new way to do something is difficult simply because the new way is different. But I try to use the past as a guidepost, rather than as a hitching post. In fact, I think the greatest compliment one can give an individual in our changing world is that he or she is a student of something and constantly seeks to learn and grow. That is definitely something to be thankful for.

I view learning as a responsibility I have for myself. Perhaps the statement of the dear old gentleman in his eighties best captures my thinking. He said, “Whatever the confusions of yesterday, the uncertainties of tomorrow, or the frustrations of today, this I know to be true: When I cease to grow, I’ll begin to die. And so while I can run, I’ll run; while I can walk, I’ll walk; and when I can only crawl, I’ll crawl. But I’ll always be moving forward.”

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.