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What We Can Learn

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I'm joining Patricia at Patricia's Place for In Other Words
where the current writing prompt is the following quotation by Bill Nye:
"Everyone you ever meet knows something that you don't."

When I read this quote it testifies to the fact that there is always something to learn from another. With each relationship we have in life, be it short or long-term, there are things we can learn and are meant to learn. 
 
Sometimes those lessons come in the form of examples - how to conduct ourselves, what kind of character traits to manifest (or not). Sometimes the lessons provide direction - where we might want to live or what career might suit us. Sometimes they are history lessons, connecting us to our family and the past, and sometimes they are "how to" lessons that teach us new skills or forms of creativity. 
 
But the lessons I treasure the most are the unanticipated ones... the ones we learn from complete strangers in walks of life often far different from our own that humble us and show us what it's like to walk in another's shoes. 
 

10 comments:

  1. Everyone with whom we come in contact serves a purpose in our lives, even if it's only to be an example in some way of what to do or not do.

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    1. That's absolutely true, Mimi! We just have to keep our eyes and minds open for the lessons! :-)

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  2. Josie, I love to visit with elderly folks and find out what their profession was. Some are astonishing stories. And so much fun to view them in their younger days.

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    1. I am like you, Linda Kay. Our elders have such wonderful stories to share and they are grateful to those who take the time to listen. I wish now that I would have asked my grandmother so much more about her life!

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  3. I love learning about others and hearing their about their journeys. I do always take something away from this. However, one lesson that I learned from Grampy was to never think I know what it is like to actually be that person. This has been driven home many times since. I learned to never say, "I know how you feel." But, I still always want to know how they feel.

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    1. That's a really important point, Annie, we can empathize and we can try to understand what another is going through, but we are in no position to judge and we will never completely understand their journey any more than they can fully understand ours!

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  4. Everyone has a purpose and reason for being here. We all teach and are taught. And you are so right when you say it is the unanticipated lessons that are treasures. I often don't recognize the treasure until later, sometimes much later, and when I do see them I am in awe. So many surprises in life! Thanks for sharing with In Other Words.

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    1. Isn't is amazing how many surprises God has in store for each of us through the years? Sometimes I look back at someone I didn't value enough at the moment and I realize what the lesson was all along!

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    1. We should never think we have nothing to learn from someone, we might miss out on the lesson of a lifetime! :-)

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