What have you learned lately?


I found myself sipping a smoothie at my favorite coffee shop, Hyper Coffee in Arcadia. (The picture is not from Hyper but looked close.) The song “You Learn” by Alanis Morissette began to play. I had just read a great article about her and her influence on women in music as well as authentic lyrics becoming more the norm. As I listened to this song, I was inspired. The chorus is this:

“You live you learn, you love you learn
You cry you learn, you lose you learn
You bleed you learn, you scream you learn

You grieve you learn, you choke you learn
You laugh you learn, you choose you learn
You pray you learn, you ask you learn
You live you learn”

I pondered if I let these experiences/emotions in life teach me. Recently, I grieved as a friend from Bible Study passed away after battling illness. What did I learn? I need to make it a point to send a note or show up on someone’s doorstep when prompted. Don’t wait. I cried because I was exhausted from a long day. What did I learn?  I learned to keep almonds in my purse to give me healthy energy when I am sinking. I laughed aloud and learned I need to do that daily. I prayed for a friend who asked for it. What did I learn? I discovered asking is good and prayer makes a huge difference. I can learn daily, hourly some days, if I choose it. And I do.

Unfortunately, I know some people who rarely learn. They are faced with opportunities but don’t use them as points of growth.  I feel sad for them. In my opinion, their lives are small.
I encourage you to take time to ask yourself “What have I learned lately?”  If you don’t have an answer, start learning.  Let life be your teacher. If you have an answer, please share in the comment section. I’d love to hear about your growth in life.
Dream Big!

4 thoughts on “What have you learned lately?

  1. This is so good, Debbie! I learn constantly that if I don’t stop being totally busy and look around me that I miss things, miss people, miss opportunities to find out about others, miss chances to laugh out loud and be grateful to God for the amazing place He created for us. Praying God’s comfort for your friend, Christine, who lost her Dad. I lost a friend this week very suddenly. Thank you.

    • Sorry for your loss.  Praying this week will be a day of great connection. May we all be aware of everyone we encounter.

      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  2. Christine

    I learned that there is spirituality all around us, if we believe, even when we are in despair, if we are open to it and to others. I learned that I have wonderful friends. I was reminded of this when my Dad died last week. Out of pain and despair can come renewal of faith. In ourselves. In others. In God.

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