Opportunities to learn are everywhere, aren't they? Sometimes, we just have to open our eyes and ears to the possibilities of what's staring us in the face.
Watching my 17 month old daughter pick up a telephone and put it to her ear, pretending to talk to grandma made me think of the learning thing. Taking my keys and attempting to open the front door of our house made me think of this learning thing. Laughing with her, as she attempts to eat spaghetti with her little pink baby fork makes me think. Nodding yes when she approves, and no when she doesn't, as if she's absolutely positive about what she wants, always makes me giggle... then makes me think. Taking small pieces of garbage and carefully putting them in the trash bin. Making sure she holds dada's hand before walking down stairs (because she once fell off, hurting herself) makes me think about this learning thing. Taking our phones and pretending to take pictures... how in the heck does she know how to do that? We didn't show her - or did we? She watched and watched, learned and learned, and eventually understood.
Talking with a mother and father of a new student today made me think of this learning thing. Acknowledging the mental coaching I do isn't just about the specifics we're learning at the moment... they're also applicable to every step their son will take. A mom and dad, passionate about their son's sport, and wanting him to taste success, had the awareness of the bigger picture... not getting wrapped up in his winning or losing. Made me think of this learning thing. Having his dad show me a book cover with three pictures of past champions, telling me they're all in a slump because of their mindsets, not their physical skills... got me thinking of this learning thing.
Parents that can see past today's successes and failures, focusing on tomorrow's lessons... awesome!
Listening to my gorgeous wife talk about the rekindled passion for her business... made me think of this learning thing. Watching her change, fix, create, and continue to master components of her website... night after long night. Got me thinking. Sitting back in the shadows, watching her interact with our little Logan; her heart overflowing with love, insight, kindness, and an ability to teach. Made me think of this learning thing. Remembering the days Liane and I would sit in the coffee shop, talking about our dreams and how we'd achieve them... now in the process of doing exactly that. Finding a way to balance long hours on our paths to "success," while still pouring our hearts and souls into Logan - making her the true priority.
Made me do some heavy thinking about this learning thing!