“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” – Doris Lessing, 2007 Nobel Prize Winner
So, I didn’t know who Doris Lessing was until today. But, as soon as I read her quote, I had to look her up. Sounded very Rocky-esqe when he told his kid, “Let me tell you something you already know.”
Being told something you already know can be irritating. Ask my six year old. She’ll sigh real deep, lean her head back a bit, and say exasperatedly, “I knnnooowww.” Then she has to be reminded about her attitude and we move on.
Being told something you already know can also be energizing, comforting, and refreshing. It can increase your confidence through confirmation. It can remind you gently of important tidbits forgotten. It can renew your sense of direction with a fresh look at the map. Learning something you already know can be the highlight of your day.
Telling somebody what you already know they know can be the hardest job of all. Why? Because you already know how irritating that can be. But forgetfulness and complacency need reminding and redirecting. And it is up to us to provide it when needed and accept it when thoughtfully given. If we are friends, you would tell me if I had broccoli in my teeth. This is no different.
Don’t blow off an opportunity to learn something because you think it’s something you already know. Don’t pass up the opportunity to share because you think you have nothing new to add. Something may enter your brain in a new and exciting way. You may have an angle, an insight, a tone of voice that gives new meaning to an old topic.
One of the most special things about relationships is the sharing of information that inspires us to be better for ourselves and each other. What do you have to share today?
Taking a minute to put a call out to my Richmond Hill readers
I know that there are many of you that are faithful TAT readers and do not live anywhere near Richmond Hill. I am sorry, but I have to segregate us for just a second.
We can talk about whatever you want to talk about (as long as we all remember this is a family friendly site). Promote a cause, a business, a person – name it, let’s do it!
If you flip through the site you’ll see articles on local politics, business, and people. Soon, you’ll see what it looks like when I scale a big ol’ rock wall! Hopefully, we will also see you!