Passionate Colors Newsletter ~  #43 ~ Learning The Art of Learning

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity." ~ Harvey Ullmanv

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I have a passion for learning. I love it when one of my preconceived notions is proven faulty or something I thought was “too hard” to do is suddenly easy, or “duck soup,” we say in Hawaii.

I love the challenge of difficult concepts. I love to research and problem-solve to come up with a solution. I find, as I learn, I grow, and I’m able to help others grow, too. That’s the beauty of education.

"It is best to learn as we go, not go as we have learned,” said Leslie Jeanne Sahler

"That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along." ~ Madeleine L'Engle

You are never too old or too young to learn. Education crosses hierarchical bounds. I can learn from a 13 year old about the wonders of maneuvering a racecar in a video game just as easily as I can learn something new about how to properly harvest tomatoes from a senior citizen’s prolific garden.

I like the mix. Cross-pollination and diversity creates strength and greater learning potential. There’s always a better way to do something. And if someone is passionate about a subject, they have something to teach to you, and you have something to learn from them.

"The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever" ~ Louis L'Amour

Western novelist Louis L'Amour, wrote with passion about subjects he knew, and credited his success to a commitment of life-long learning. As a child, his curiosity was peaked by the five-volume set of Collier’s History of the World. From there, he pursued Socrates and sciences, aviation, and more.

About his education, L’Amour said, “I really learned how to write from Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, and de Maupassant."

He didn’t stop there.

An older L’Amour cruised the West Indies and even joined the circus. His accomplishments included: 90 novels, 24 short story collections, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Congressional Gold Medal, and 260 million copies in print.

"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers." ~ Martina Horner

"What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” ~ Alfred Mercier

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Everywhere you look... there's something to learn!

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