Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to share with you what I was most thankful for on November 14th. Because of that I decided to bring you two things I am most thankful for today – my education (1) which enables me to write; thereby sharing my knowledge with you (2).
Education is the most powerful tool any human can possess. We begin our education very early on in our lives (think: If I cry, someone will come to comfort me, change me, hold me, feed me, etc.)
The most amazing aspect of education is that there are no specific rules for attaining it. Every day of your life is an education. You learn from your parents (and family); you learn from your teachers in school; you learn from your friends and neighbors; you learn from strangers (good and bad); you learn – and earn – your education in many ways; and the benefits of becoming educated are limitless.
There is no limit to what a person can learn. This is perhaps the most important reason I am thankful for my education on this 15th day of thanksgiving. The knowledge I’ve gained throughout my life is astounding. I may use this knowledge on a daily basis (how to brush my teeth); or I may use it only in certain situations (how to renew my driver’s license or bake Christmas cookies).
The brilliance of education is two-fold. Once you’ve learned something about a particular subject you can use this information to make informed decisions about (whatever) as you proceed through life (think: the stove is hot and if I touch it I will be burned; I was taught this or learned by doing; I will not touch a hot stove).
How ever we learn whatever we learn, we are doing so every minute of the day in many ways and by many means. It bears repeating – education is the most powerful tool one can possess. And time spent learning is never wasted time.
The other – possibly better – side of that “two-fold” is that once you have this knowledge you can share it with others – your facts, your opinions, your ideas. You can share your education with others; and by doing so you enable them to have an education and to pass their knowledge on to others.
Today I am thankful for my education. I am thankful for all that I have learned from my many teachers throughout my life. To name every person responsible for my education would be a daunting task – and never-ending as well; because I am always learning and will continue to do so until my brain stops processing “data”.
Today I am also thankful for my writing. I am thankful for the ability to share my knowledge – my education – with others. This is how I pay it forward to those who have shared their knowledge with me. Through my writing I am able to lend my experience (about a given topic) in the hopes that someone else may learn something new.
You are educated and you educate too:
Think for a moment, about how much you’ve learned in your life to this point. Think about how many times you have shared your knowledge with others. Are you a parent? A sibling? A friend? A wife? A husband? Are you human?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions then you are qualified as an educator. Even if the knowledge you share with others compels them to do the opposite; you’ve taught them something which they can then pass along to others.
I am most thankful for this:
I began learning the moment I was capable of thought and I continue learning with each and every breathe I take.
I began educating the moment I first shared my knowledge with another and I will continue educating until I take my last breath.
For these two things in my life I am most certainly blessed. Thank you to all who have contributed to my education and who will continue to do so. Thank you to all who may benefit from my teaching; my reward is that you may share your knowledge with others too.
Every person, place, and thing that has inspired my education
Please Note: I believe sincerely in the power of education and with that, the ability to pass your knowledge on to others. Never stop learning and never stop passing it on – knowledge is a powerful thing and time spent learning (and sharing) is never wasted time. Thank you.
And if you wish to know why I am so darn thankful this thanksgiving month of November, please read 30 Days of Thanksgiving-One Day at a Time . Remember, being thankful for your many blessings does not have to be just a November thing. Enjoy!