This week I want to talk about lifelong learning. I feel like we are the generation in our 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s that are redefining our lives. And what was traditional learning is shifting more to lifelong learning, because life is really about moving forward. And that means that we must continue to stimulate our curiosity.
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This week I want to talk about the word recalibrate. It's a great word. It's not any word that I have brought into my vocabulary, because when I was a kid, I would work with my dad on the cars and he would recalibrate whatever it was. I don't even remember what we recalibrated, but we did it when we were working on the car.
This week my word is overstimulation. It's easy these days with the news of the world and the end of the year fast approaching. We've got holidays, we've got traditions, we've got commitments. There's too much to do and too little time. And all this external world over stimulates us. Our environment causes this overstimulation. It triggers our senses.
This week is Thanksgiving; being thankful. I started the year with a big lesson. Slow down. Release ancestral survival mode and nourish my soul. I'm thankful for the opportunity to have had the lesson because the alternative would not have been good. The ups and downs in life are opportunities for lessons to be learned.
This week, with Thanksgiving coming up, the word that came up was cleaning. If we're going to have company and people in our home, I think we might need to clean a little bit more, organize a little bit more, put things away a little bit more. Now, it doesn't mean to shove it in a closet. It just means let's go tidy up a little bit.
This week the word that has been rolling around in my mind is anticipation. We are at that time of year where we are anticipating everything – the holidays, the gatherings, the events, the meals, the traditions – the list is long. But here's my question since we always live with anticipation of something, are we living the moments in between?
This week there is one word that's been floating around and it's the word brave. And this one question has been popping up in every aspect of my life. How brave are you? Have you ever thought of going to war? We have a friend who just made all the arrangements and went to Israel to help in any way that he could.
This week, a prayer keeps coming to mind. It's called the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. I think we all pray and our prayers can be simple. As simple as thank you for that parking spot or thanks for all the green lights.
This week I want to talk about our bucket list or what I'm saying, our bucket list. We all have this list of dreams and ideals and travels and things that we wish to accomplish in our life. But you know what? Life changes. We change as the decades roll on. And why are we holding on to something that could be 20 to 30 years old? You know what? It creates frustration and possibly a sense of failure.
This week I want to go back and really look at our toolbox. I want to go over some things because it's the end of the year. I think it's been a reflective year for us. And let's just go over our tools and our toolbox because I feel like more and more each day, we really need to reach into our toolbox to manage what's going on And having these tools at hand when we need them is so helpful. It's like creating a muscle memory.