Posts Tagged ‘Learning’

So It’s Not A Total Catch-22

September 24, 2021

So the bad news is that without the ability to do something (like learning), all the willingness in the world won’t just make it happen.

The good news is that ability can develop over time, and the most frequent starting point for that ability developing is with willingness.

Too Ill To Elaborate Any Further Today

September 22, 2021

I think the only way watching someone not being ready to learn what they need to learn wouldn’t frustrate me was if I didn’t care at all, so it’s arguably a good thing that it still frustrates me a little bit. These days though, I’m more likely to go, “They’ll figure it out . . . or they won’t, but I hope they do,” than any other response.

Or Not QUITE So Much, At Least

September 21, 2021

Now about what I was referencing last week.

I think we’ve all known things that we knew were true, but we didn’t want them to be true. Heck, I think just about any child who has ever known that school was starting soon knows what I’m talking about.

For me the known truth I’ve long struggled with was that someone will only learn something if and only if they are ready to learn it. It doesn’t matter what it is or how much they might “need” to learn it, if they’re not ready for it, they will. NOT. learn. it.

I know this! I’ve seen it action over and over again, and it used to frustrate the hell out of me every damn time.

These days though . . . not so much.

Maybe That Lizard Learned Something After All

July 17, 2020

Now I don’t know for a fact it was the same lizard I wrote about in yesterday’s entry (but it could have been), but not long after I wrote what I did yesterday, at the same location I saw a hungry duck eyeing a lizard that had taken refuge on the other side of the mesh.

At Least That Had BETTER Be What They Meant

March 9, 2020

The other day it came up in conversation that I’m currently studying the Hawaiian language.  It’s nothing serious, just something I poke at here and there (Poké pun unintentional in this case), so I wasn’t prepared when someone boggled at me.

“You mean that you’re studying a new language at your age?!”  (I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that what they meant was that most people study languages when they are in school or college, and I am admittedly above the average age for a college attendee.)

“Don’t be ridiculous!” I snorted.  “I started a year ago.”

Scaling Back My Caffeine Intake, I’m Looking At YOU!

October 21, 2019

It’s incredibly satisfying watching my son grasping a new concept.

It’s incredibly humbling to go back over some past entries here and getting a fresh reminder that I’m still struggling with some decidedly old concepts.

You Learn Other Things As Well, Of Course

September 4, 2019

Babies are on my mind today (and, let me be clear, not because one is coming to this house), and children really are amazing creatures.  If you want to learn things about yourself that you never wanted to learn, raising a child is an intensive course in that subject.

Now What Was I Supposed To Do Again Today? Oh, Hey, That Looks Interesting . . .

June 19, 2019

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Zen Proverb

When the student is not ready, distractions will appear.

– My personal addendum

It Still Counts Though . . . If Only Barely

August 30, 2018

Some days you don’t “learn” so much as realize that you’re tired of (and from) making the same mistake over and over.

No Thanks

August 22, 2018

As I continue to explore the practical limitations of my current mobility, I do admit to finding myself marveling once again at how something as simple as a relatively minor injury can have dramatic impacts.  And while this is interesting to me, let me make it abundantly clear that I am not grateful for this learning opportunity.

As my Grandfather never used to say, “If you learned something from getting snake bit, then good for you.  Opportunities for learning can be found almost everywhere . . . but that don’t mean you’ve got to thank the snake for biting you.”