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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Have the humility to wear a learner’s tag

Each moment in Life is teaching us something. Only if we are willing as students to look for the learning in it.

Even a frustrating drive through traffic can be a learning experience. For instance, the alphabet 'L' in red on a vehicle ahead of us on a day when we are behind schedule and are rushing to our destination is the last thing anyone wants. Instead of getting irritated and showing our angst on the rookie driver in the vehicle or on the road or fellow road users, we will do well to reflect on what the 'L' sign can mean to us. In a very practical context, 'L' on a car, indicates that the driver ahead of us is still learning. Our impatience with this person is because we believe we know driving well and don't need to be tailing a learner driver. On a holistic plane, consider the way we journey through Life. Aren't we still learners; still learning (read struggling) to live!? The only difference is that the learner driver has the humility__apart from having to meet a legal requirement__to acknowledge that she/he is still learning. On the other hand, we don't ever want to acknowledge that we are learners, because we think we know it all or imagine that it would be below our dignity to wear a learner tag.

When we get down to being humble, we will discover that the learner tag is not a liability but an asset. When we accept we are still learning, and don't know it all, people make way and time for us. We move, interestingly, faster, onward, higher and wiser....in Life!

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