Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Are You an Active Learner?

When we think we know everything, we are mistaken.
When we believe we are “right”, we are wrong.
When we trust the experts, we may be missing something.
When we act like a “know-it-all”, we may be fooling ourselves.

I find my greatest teaching is in what I am learning. 
I am an active learner, from everyone and everything.
I listen and observe both inside and outside.
I learn from what I say and do and experience everyday.

I am naturally curious and full of wonder.
I recognize that I know nothing and am willing to learn everything.
As long as I live fully, love freely and learn easily, I am happy.
When I begin to live fearfully, love with caution, and think I know it all, I am unhappy.

I’ll bet the same is true for you!
The arrogance we display when we tell others what to believe or do may come from our own limitations.
I only give advice, counsel and share wisdom with those who actively invite and ask.
I designate specific place and time and confidentiality and respect for each interaction.
( I never give advice to my life partner, family or friends, unless I am specifically asked and have the above in place.  
I only give when it is requested and received with gratitude!)

When I share and it does not resonate or fit or feel right to the other, I immediately drop my position.
There is no need to be right or dare to pretend I know what is best for you or any other.
I show up, pay attention to what you say and then give the highest Truth I know and let go.
When we try to convince, badger, nag, threaten, demand, push or shame, we are mistaken.

Each one of us has our own path, purpose, process and life to live and learn from.
When we interfere with other’s experiences, we may inadvertently delay or distract them from learning.
We may mistakenly intervene, cover up or delay others from the natural consequences of their choices.
We all learn best from taking full responsibility for what we choose.

Let us be the active learner in our own life.
Let us learn to observe what happens.
Let us learn to welcome the learning that comes from mistakes made.
Let us not protect ourselves or others from the wisdom that comes from what doesn’t work.

I have the privilege of having parents who did not interfere or protect me from myself.
I learned quickly and easily because I was not distracted by their opinions, advice or punishment.
I learned as a child to tell the truth to myself and others as a way of getting the lesson quickly.
I learned to trust myself rather than to seek counsel or opinions from others.

My inner inspirations and life experiences and listening to others has been my best teacher.
I listen within to what may be called, Spirit, My heart song, Higher Self. Infinite Wisdom. Inner Voice.
I trust and believe in this Self and the Life of Service I have chosen.
I do not get distracted or lose focus, because I know this inner guidance is unfailing and true.

Those who live in the past may learn to repeat mistakes as well as their successes.
Those who forgive their past mistakes have an opportunities to learn to be open and willing.
Take the time to focus on where you are going rather than where you have been.
Be willing to walk ahead with eyes on your desired outcome rather than looking behind you, with no true vision for your future.

Your intention and your commitment to live in integrity are most valuable in learning and living for Good.
Loving the life I have chosen to live.
Betty Lue 

How Children (and Adults) Learn Best!

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with: criticism, hostility, fear, pity, ridicule or jealousy,
They will learn to: condemn, fight, be apprehensive, feel sorry for themselves, feel shy and feel envy
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.