July 2021 Newsletter
Hello, and a joyous July to you!
Can learning and growing be fun?
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Today's issue is about learning and growing being fun.
For those of us who have mastered a few skills, it can be difficult for the ego to be a beginner again at
something new. Approaching an unfamiliar endeavor like a student, admitting we don't know how to do this yet,
but we do know how to learn and are open to that, can make the learning a lot more fun.
The child in the photo beginning to walk is a great example of enjoying growing his skill set. He looks happy,
appreciative of the support he has, with confidence that he can accomplish this, getting better as he proceeds.
It brings to mind the saying "Fall down 7 times, get up 8!". Yes, he'll fall a few times on his path to becoming
an expert at walking, which won't stop him from wanting to keep going forward.
The little boy learning to walk also reminds me of my running days, when I covered many miles a week and competed
in road races. That quote about falling and getting up applies, since I tripped in potholes and fell more often
than I like to admit. As a vision teacher, I was an example of not looking where I was going, I'm sorry to say, so I
often encountered something I hadn't seen. I became more of an expert at healing my bruises and scrapes than I ever was at running.
Learning something new can be frustrating if we're expecting to excel right away and not make too many mistakes, or not
look foolish to the other students or the teacher. What if a "mistake" is simply learning what not to do? What if the most
important thing I learned from all those years of running isn't how to be a great runner (which I wasn't), but how to see myself
as a continuously improving athlete, how to train, to rest, and to heal from injuries? These are Life Skills I use every day.
Back to the main topic: I could have had a lot more fun in my running days if I hadn't been so focused on constantly bettering my race times.
I felt like I had something to prove, and no matter how well I did or how many trophies I won, I rarely felt good enough. I stopped competing
(except with myself) when I realized I already had too much unhealthy competition and pressure in my corporate job. I still like to push
myself with weight training and body weight exercises, even though I am built more like a flexible spider monkey than a sturdy body builder.
Most important, this is fun for me, gently pushing my limits to see what I can do.
The man above drawing his own path upward, then taking it a step at a time, is a great role model for all of us. No one else can tell you where
you need to go in your life, or what to focus on next. If it's your own choice, you'll be invested in following it, and you'll enjoy it more than if it's forced on you
from the outside. People retire from long careers to build a second career around a favorite hobby. I did this myself, starting a healing and coaching
business based on vision improvement, after a few years of teaching math and many years of computer programming and engineering support. My "work" now feels
more like play to me than striving or effort. I wish the same for you, creating the ascending steps for yourself which suit you best.
For an article on how vision improvement is more like play than work and struggle,
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Enjoy the start of this joyous month of July.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!