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Learning, a lifelong experience

Updated on August 31, 2009

Never too late to learn

 

I had the opportunity to attend an MMI [Millionaire Mind Intensive] program. WOW!  Some of what I experienced was expected, some parts were quite different from the pre-conceived ideas we can tend to create. So when someone tells you to go with an open mind take their advice. 

 

I won’t get into too much detail because everyone responds or reacts differently to the exercises put forth. What stimulates a specific emotional reaction in me may vary vastly from the reaction of the person in front of or beside me. It is very experiential, hands-on participation shared with people around you. You take from it what you take to it. If you go with a negative attitude you may not be able to accept the full benefit of the processes you are taken through. I say ‘may not’ because I observed people change from being negative to being open minded before my eyes. On the other hand there were those who left with the same negativity they arrived with and learned nothing nor took anything away from the three days. If you go with a positive attitude you will definitely leave with more than you came with.

 

If we are to learn we have to accept what is put in front of us. We don’t necessarily have to agree with all of it, but to attain any benefit we have to be willing to accept the information in order to process it and place it in the proper perspective to determine how it can be applied to each of us individually.

 

Many of us are prone to looking at situations from a perspective we are comfortable with, we are accustomed to. We can wear blinders, so to speak, for our entire lives and be content, safe. Or we can remove the blinders and see and experience life, whether personal or professional, from its intended perspective which [in my opinion] is to see, touch, experience, embrace every opportunity we encounter. It doesn’t always have to be life shaking or gut wrenching. The spectrum is only limited by our knowledge, but ignited by our imagination.

 

Any opportunity to attend a program that you will derive immediate benefit from should be taken advantage of. Whether an MMI program or a class to learn how to crochet at your local continuing ed facility matters not. What matters is your desire to continue to learn and experience all we have so graciously been given.

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    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      I'll have to check it out later when I'm home from work. Thanks for the visit.

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      Reyneold Jay 

      7 years ago

      I taught special ed for 33 years and everyday was a learning experience for me. I was amazed that I could earn a living doing what I would have done for free. You will love my current project Lean Against the Wind in which I have fictionalized my experiences with special ed kids and the bigget character is a Cerebral Palsey young man with singing talent. Samples BEN, Arch' Tim, all appear in my Hub.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Oh, yes Ms. Carmen nothing is too late for anything in life. This I believe. Thank you for the note you left in my fan mail. When you are in SAT do let me know. More power to you.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks Jacob, I look forward to visits in the future.

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      Jacob Darkley 

      8 years ago from California, USA

      This was great. Thanks, Carmen.

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      Jacob Darkley 

      8 years ago from California, USA

      This was great. Thanks, Carmen.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Eileen, always a pleasure to have you drop by. I agree, kids get smarter every day. When mine were little they knew how to use a computer, I didn't! LOL

      Larry, I know. I have learned so much about different cultures and places, and met so many wonderful people from around the globe. Your comments are always welcome and enjoy your ride.

      LizzyBoo, Keep up the good work and put your learning to good use. And you're right the best university is life! Thanks for stopping by.

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      LizzyBoo 

      8 years ago from Czech Republic

      I have to agree with your hub. I attend several classes. I attend psychology, English literature and History and a business class. It is all simply coz of my desire to learn. At my age I found it still interesting, therefor I am taking all the chances I can.

      The best University is LIFE, life always teach us What we should do, how to react, How to treat people. So even we do not attend any courses or classes we still learn. That is amazing and affordable to everyone. :-)Lizzy

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Carmen...Great and important Hub...Learning is what keeps us motivated, what keeps us interested in life...I scan the HubPages and find something new each day...I contribute, mostly through comments, and get passionate enough to produce a Hub every month or so...The Hub experience has been a roller coaster ride for me...meeting so many folks from around the world, with so many perspectives on life, love, and truth...some come for the money, I came for the knowledge and joy of sharing life...Larry

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Carmen, Agree with this article wholeheartedly title

      "never too late to learn" is great, also "never to old to learn" either.

      I think everyone learns (if wants to)something each and every day from the time we are born. Kids and babies are getting smarter all the time.

      The day we die is when we will stop learning and not until then. Look at us all here. Each one of us must learn new things from everyones hubs if nothing else. We only need to read one hub and presto more knowledge. great hub thanks.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your thoughts.

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      TrudyVan Curre 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hello there Carmen, I second your views. If you stop learning you are dying. Learning is change and evolution. I do not know of a day that goes by that I have not learned something new. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your hubs

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Yes, we all have to continue to learn in order to grow. Doesn't really matter what, just something new every day. You're welcome!

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      loua 

      8 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

      Your title says it all Carmen...

      Society needs to heed this advise...

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts...

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks angel 0 zen, glad you stopped by.

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      angel 0 zen 

      8 years ago

      As the old adage, "Empty your cup".

      You have the point here, what matter most is opening the mind first.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      You're busy today, thanks for reading so many of my hubs. It is greatly appreciated and I will return the gesture.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Any opportunity to attend a meeting/program where you can learn and expand your horizons is to be looked at with gratitude and anticipation. Well done Carmen

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      The universe holds a vast expanse of knowledge, we only have to learn to embrace and absorb it without fear. I believe and have experienced that what you voice to the universe will come back to you when least expected.

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      tinarathore84 

      8 years ago from India

      your hub made me introspect..really we are so bound to our tangible knowledge that we see the world with narrow vision..thanks for sharing your experince. it is enlightening even for those who read it.

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