“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
The Path of Learning
What’s the last thing you learned that actually led to you making a deep-rooted change? It could have been something big, like learning how the commercial food and agriculture system operates that led to you changing your diet or where you source your food. Or it could have been something small, like realizing your quantity of negative thoughts that prompted you to start looking for the beauty that’s all around you.
And we’re talking about true learning here, not just having knowledge. My educator-self’s definition of learning is that which you retain well after the fact of learning something. Knowledge can be found and lost. Knowledge is flighty. When you learn something it becomes a part of you.
When you know better, you do better.
That’s the platitude, at least, based on the original quote by Maya Angelou.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Overused as it is, it’s still true. And while it can sometimes feel like an excuse for past bad behaviors or as a tool for shaming someone else, we can truly only do what we know. And then there’s those times when we knew better but didn’t do better. But that’s another topic for another day.
Fully understanding that, for the most part, people do the best they know is also a great tool when you’re ready to forgive someone. I’m not one to believe that forgiveness is always necessary for healing, but sometimes it’s just what you need to release your own hurt.
For Oprah’s take on this sentiment, you can watch this short video.
What have you really learned?
I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to reflect back on the past year and set some intentions for the coming year. No matter your New Year’s practice, or lack thereof, it’s healthy to occasionally take stock of what you’ve learned and use that learning to help drive you forward.
So now back to my original question: What’s the last thing you learned that actually led to you making a deep-rooted change? If it’s been a long time since you’ve made a change based on something you’ve learned, why not renew your body, mind, and spirit with something fresh. Especially at this time of year, just after the Winter Solstice, when we’re seeing incrementally more daylight every day, it’s a great time to implement a little change into your life. Or a lot of change if you’re up for more adventure.