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What happens when you Don’t use what you Learn?

How much do you remember from school? If everything you learned could fit within a round pie pan, would it fill up 1 whole? Or would it fill up 8/10? How about 4/10? Oh, you forgot how to do fractions, did you? (Chuckle)

I used the above example, because you will run into people who can take measurements with whole numbers and fractions. They break such numbers down in ways that even the smallest of items fit perfectly together with no space to spare. With this application of knowledge they build wonderful structures that make you say “Wow!”

However, there could be a history question like “What happened in 1914?” and the knowledge is not readily available. The same goes for biology, and other subjects.

Why is this so? Well, there is a saying, “Use it or lose it.” No, academic learning is not like riding a bicycle; when once you learn how to ride a bike, then you will never forget it.

What can you do?

You know what you like, right? What subjects do you find interesting? And you must consider what subjects will help you to support yourself and family. School subjects like reading and basic math is involved in everything. Did I say, “everything?” So you have the fundamentals down. Now, let us return back to what you enjoy doing. This will help you to decide what you already have a propensity (strong natural tendency) to learn quickly what could involve a specialized field of employment. If you don’t like what you are doing, it will be an uphill trek all the way through, unless you find ways to make it fun for your mind.

However, while working in a field you love, you will still experience trying moments; but also the sweet, smooth sailing moments will be consistent. Why, you will even find a smile on your face while doing hard work. If not on your face, the smile will still be in your heart. (Smile)

I forgot how to read, now what?

So you forgot how to read. (Chuckle) The answer to this is taking the steps to relearn whatever it is you forgot. There is no shame in you taking even little steps to learn what you do not know. Why, there are things we struggled with when we were younger that are now second nature to us as being a little bit older, and a degree more mature; would you agree?

So decide today, if there is a high priority subject I did not fully understand when I was younger, allow me to have the patience with myself to learn now.

You can do it

This article started with “You have to use it, or you will lose it.” When people use that expression today, I often think about Jesus’ words: “. . .With the measure that you are measuring out, you will have it measured out to you, yes, you will have more added to you. For whoever has will have more given to him, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

You know the principle of “reaping what you sow” also applies to learning. Though we learn at different rates and speed, as long as we continue, we learn.

I just want to share in closing these points that may not be new to you.

· Do not compare yourself with others

· To be yourself, you have to know yourself

So is there something you are struggling with learning? Don’t give up. You will still learn at least one point every time you revisit the subject.

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