A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about Wisdom vs. Knowledge. To expand on that for a moment...
Learning is more than gathering information”. Learning life's lessons, definitely and learning what lessons to hold onto through your life, absolutely. It's learning to learn.
Students are getting ready to go back to school and have to start asking the question "What do I really need to learn in order for me to create a future I love? Who do I need to surround myself in school who will positively impact my future to be?
In this electronic age it's easy to create superficial relationships on Facebook on Twitter and by texting as many people as you can in the shortest amounts of time. What is that bringing you? Is it using your focus and time to your advantage or filling it up with 'whatevers and whoevers'?
This is the time (excuse the pun) when you're going to have to learn how to really make the best use of your time. When you're 'on', be 'on' and learn and absorb as much as you can…the tangibles and the nuances and subtleties of life. When you're off, fill that space with people, activities and experiences that will fill your life and not just fill up your life-'time'.
You will be bombarded with stuff. Be smart about what you choose to pay attention to and what you choose to ignore. Getting to know people, connecting with people in relationships and making the choice to continuously be a learner will always serve you.
It's a start.
Hold onto some things and let go of others. Learning to make those choices will be the best lesson you ever learn.
Oh and for those of you who are long past school age? Whoever said this only applied to that generation? Ask yourself "What am I unwilling to let go of?" and "Why?"