People often say to us, “Wow, you’re lucky! You have everything you wished for.” We politely respond with a ‘thank you’…but what we really want to say is that both ‘luck’ and ‘wishes’ had nothing to do with it.
With (US) Thanksgiving only a few days away, we do believe that this is a good time to reflect. We reflected upon our successes and the good fortune that we experience in our personal and professional lives.
While many around us imply that much of what we have is something beyond our control what is left out is the disappointment, anger, frustration and most relevant, the learning, to achieve these successes.
We are not religious and don’t have any faith in “fate”. We strongly believe that we shape our destiny and recognize how the decisions we make today will impact our future directions…. that is what we like to believe.
If you’ve been living life in a straight line, then you haven’t been living!
In reality, life is never about leaving from point A and traveling in a straight line to point B. Life is never a straight line; it is full of twists and turns. If you’ve been living life in a straight line then you haven’t been living. More often than not, your life’s journey will take you through a variety of “letters” before you ever get to point B. Fortunately, we realized early to embrace, evaluate and adapt to these twists and turns leading us to happy, productive and successful lives. Embrace that life is never a straight line but is a winding one with opportunities to learn and discover new things.
Sonny & Cher sang about how “love won’t pay the rent”…replace this baby-boomer idealism by singing about how “Without learning our lives will feel spent”
Being professionally immersed in the work of “learning” our goal is ensuring that others around us learn and apply new knowledge. But regretfully, many of us often neglect continually learning within our own lives. When we combine these insightful realizations with our reluctant acceptance of not always being able to control our destinies, we discover one certainty…that is to “learn” from the decisions we make and to incorporate “learning” in every aspect of our lives.
Learning is one thing that we never take for granted. In the 1960’s Sonny and Cher sang about how “their love won’t pay the rent” but times have significantly changed. In the 21st century it is time to replace this baby-boomer idealism and start singing about “how without learning our lives will feel spent”.
We do have much to be thankful for in our professional lives. But more importantly, we are thankful for the various learning opportunities (whatever the outcome) within our personal lives. We are especially thankful for having the conscious realization to learn from our personal choices that allow us to lead more fulfilling lives, whatever life throws at us.
The long and winding road that leads to your door…don’t keep me waiting here…lead me to your door…”
How about you? How has learning impacted your lives? It is Thanksgiving (US) and we welcome hearing about your professional and life learning experiences.
While reflecting on your learning journey, think about the Beatles song lyrics, ‘The long and winding road that leads to your door…don’t keep me waiting here…lead me to your door”. Lead us to your ‘learning door’…share with us the ‘letters’ you passed through before getting to ‘point B’.
On this Thanksgiving, thank you for reading (following) our blog post.