What does it mean to always be an always learner? For us, this means someone who is a student; one who is eager to gain knowledge and experience. As Albert Einstein once said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death.” Why is it so important to have a nature that seeks to learn? When you are continually learning, you will build up who you are, and what you are capable of. Consequently, you will also undergo character development and work towards being better today than you were yesterday. There is a rewarding part of personal growth and having strong habits that just makes you feel accomplished and in control. Learning keeps our minds sharp and useful; it helps us to make connections. When we are stagnant, just like stagnant water, bacteria can overwhelm. It’s not fresh or flowing; rather, it’s murky, and not something you want to play in or drink from. You know it is not good for you. Learning new things usually comes naturally when it is something you are passionate about, or something you have worked on over the years. Often these are the things that really stick and help you to understand something. However, sometimes it is necessary to push ourselves to learn something new, or out of our comfort zone. But it does take dedication and effort. Even when we do feel out of our comfort zone though, we can be open to the desire to grow and learn new things. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” Additionally, as an African proverb reminds us, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” This reminds us that the hard parts about learning something new or digging in deep to something sometimes happens when circumstances are not easy or the stress is high of what you are experiencing. Learning is a lifelong journey – we don’t have to be stuck in a rut with who we are today, or how we do things, or habits that arent working for us. We can learn, grow and change for the better, if we choose to pursue intellectual growth. In this day and age, there are so many ways to learn new things whether it’s through books, people, your spouse or kids, or through Scripture. When it comes to growing in knowledge, it is essential that we invest in this growth. Unless we invest something, whether it is time, money, or energy, we cannot expect to get a return. Learning by chance might sound great, but the reality is we must learn to embrace the difficulty and struggle that comes with learning something new; we should even come to expect this. When we are attempting to acquire new skills, repetition is key. Whether you are learning a physical move with your body, memorizing scripture, or building habits in maintaining the home, we must be willing to do it again and again to allow our brains the chance to grow accustomed to new knowledge. This also includes finding rhythms that work for you and your family. “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ― Abigail Adams Here are some ways that being someone who is always learning is beneficial to marriage : -Seeing each other persevere to learn is motivating and inspiring -Seeing personal growth in each other is encouraging and admiring -Gives us things to talk about -Our personal growth helps stimulate growth in each other -Makes you want to strive because they are -Being this way helps us to pay attention and study each other -More skills we have the more opportunity to serve together in different capacities -Helps us to want to learn to understand each other instead of taking higher positions over each other -Additionally, If you are a parent, being an always learner provides a great example to your children of how fun learning can be and that it never has to stop! How to be an always learner:
- Recognize that you can keep learning out of school – you are never too old to learn!
- Be willing to Commit to learning, studying, reading, and consuming.
- Use your time wisely.
- Ask others for input on resources that pertain to a specific area you desire to grow in
- Encourage one another with rich conversations about what you are learning to reinforce learning.