“Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
So the boys have completed training to be altar servers at church. They had about an hour or so of training and were so very excited about this new opportunity. As they hopped into the car they excitedly shared “we get to light things on fire”. I quickly clarified that those “things” are called candles and that is the only thing we light on fire. J So with all of this new wisdom and enthusiasm they were eager to put their new skills into practice the very next Sunday. I am told they did just fine. I must admit that I couldn’t bear to watch them half of the time as my anxiety of all that could go wrong continued to climb. They did just fine and will learn to perfect the process as they continue to practice.
This incident made me really stop and think about why as adults we don’t have this same thirst for knowledge and change that we did in our youth. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely some of you out there that are constant learners that love new challenges, but there are also a lot of us that prefer the comfort of the known versus the unknown. What if we could all approach each new opportunity with this level of excitement and enthusiasm? How different would change look with that perspective? My challenge this week is to “set something on fire” but to clarify; it should be your desire to learn. Find one new fact, process or something to “learn”, and approach it with as much excitement and enthusiasm that you can muster. Watch out, you just might have fun!
"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo