Five lessons I’ve learned from people I admire


The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I notice that is so much easier to complain and be negative than to be happy and positive. I don’t know why that’s really true. Is it the path of least resistance. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about people I know and admire. What qualities make me want to be around them.

1. They are not complainers. If you ask them how they are, in general they will say things like:

“I can’t complain.”

“Life is great.”

“I’m pretty happy.”

Although I complain myself , I don’t want to hear it. That is definitely something I have to work on!

2. They are good listeners, and interested in your life and feelings.

Have you ever said thought-provoking things to someone, and they act like they haven’t heard a word you said? I had a conversation with someone like that today. They just kept talking about what they were doing.

Or how about the person who is only listening long enough to tell you something about themselves. (I am guilty of that myself, and it’s something I have to work on)

3. People I admire try to open their minds to new ideas. Sometimes, as people get older, they get stuck in thinking a certain way. (Yes, me too!) Sometimes we get stuck in the decade when we were young and impressionable.

4. People who I admire are adventuresome. They’ll try new restaurants, new places to visit, and new activities.  I am one of those people who like security. There’s security in doing the same thing over and over.

5. People I admire are tolerant of other points of view. For me, that’s one of the hardest things of all. Why is that?

6. People I admire are loyal  They will get over initial hurts, and look at the big picture. They will put family and friends first. I try to do this as much as I can, but I like others, are fallible too.

What are some qualities you admire in people? What do you think is important?

Do you think Cursive writing is important?


The English alphabet, both upper and lower cas...

The English alphabet, both upper and lower case letters, written in D'Nealian cursive. The grey arrows indicate the starting position for each letter. For letters which are written using more than one stroke, grey numbers indicate the order in which the lines are drawn. The green tails on the front of several of the letters are for connecting them to the previous letter; if these letters are used to begin a word the green portion is omitted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m taking my idea for this post from a Facebook friend who was bemoaning the fact that they’re not teaching Cursive writing in schools anymore.

She contended that it was an important part of the learning process. I think it’s more like an art form. I use it because it is faster than printing, but I’m not sure anyone else could read it.

When I was Substitute teaching several years ago, I noticed that hardly any of the High School kids were writing their papers in Cursive writing. They either printed, or used a cross between Cursive and Print writing.

I thought this was a curious thing and asked some of them why they weren’t using Cursive writing.

Their answer usual was that they used the computer for most things, and if they took notes they could print pretty fast. Others said they never learned it. So, I guess they haven’t been teaching it for a while.

When I was an Elementary School Teacher, I remember one parent who was so focused on his child’s poor handwriting that he couldn’t acknowledge his child’s numerous strengths. I’m sure that child grew up to be a success in life. I’m betting he uses his computer for almost everything.

I think as time goes on, paper and pencils will become obsolete. I know when I go into an Apple Store for instruction and ask for paper, they are hard pressed to find any. Maybe it’s already a paperless world and I just don’t know it.

Why fight progress?

Just because things change, does it mean things are worse? I don’t think kids today are less bright than we were. I think they just do things in a different way.

What do you think?