Encouragement for the Journey 12 August 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 12 August 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings fellow traveller, 

This week our Kids Friendly Team met to plan for Messy Church, Rise N Shine and Friday Fun Nights. During our conversation we explored how children could be our teachers. Traditionally adults teach children, but as any good parent and teacher knows, children teach adults, provided we adults are open and receptive to being taught.

Some years ago I came across the expression ‘Lifelong Learning.’ Wikipedia describes this: ‘As the ‘lifelong, voluntary, and self-motivated’ pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The term recognises that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. During the last fifty years, constant scientific and technological innovation and change has had a profound effect on learning needs and styles. Learning can no longer be divided into a place and time to acquire knowledge (school) and a place and time to apply the knowledge acquired (the workplace). Instead, learning can be seen as something that takes place on an on-going basis from our daily interactions with others and with the world around us.’

When we intentionally become lifelong learners, something magical happens, we come alive, life once more is interesting, and we become less self-centred.

Being a lifelong learner, we generate and engage with LIFE and our whole being refuses to stagnate. We radiate a positive energy which includes hope and love. Consequently, when despair attempts to pay a visit, it has difficulty getting through the doorway of our soul.

I am sure you have met people, in whose presence your soul is strangely warmed and the conversation is truly delightful. Please note you are in the presence of a lifelong learner. Enjoy the experience and see what you can learn!!!!

Not only individuals can be lifelong learners, but also, communities and organisations may be similarly described as ‘A Learning Organisation or Community.’ Through the concept of lifelong learning a particular group of people together continue to learn new ways of being and functioning to enable it to respond healthily, with integrity and authenticity to the ever changing environment it finds itself in and among. I sense St Aidans is becoming such a learning community, especially, in creating a trusting environment in which we may engage in dialogue and discussion. For who knows what we will learn and discover along the way?

Meanwhile Peace in our learning and discoveries

Alf