In Others’ Words: Lesson Learned



learning quote Larry King 2014

I thought it would be fun to talk about lessons learned this week.

I could share about learning the lesson “Don’t try to get up and walk around when your foot is completely numb” — yeah, still recovering from that lesson.

But it’s Friday. And this quote from Larry King struck home in a “Huh. Ain’t that the truth!” kind of way:

I never learned anything while I was talking. 

Me, either.

In Your Words: So tell me, what have you learned this week? Join the conversation. We’re listening.

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  1. August 1, 2014, 6:38 am   /  Reply

    Hope the foot is slowly improving -and that the boot so fetchingly modeled on FB is letting you hobble!

    I learned some painful truths, about how differently people can see situations and relationships.

    But tomorrow is another day.

    • August 1, 2014, 9:15 am   /  Reply

      Painful truths, hmmm?
      Don’t really care for those.
      And yes, people often see situations and relationships differently. The question is, do they see with compassion and empathy … or not?

      I’m hobbling, Andrew. I’m hobbling.

  2. August 1, 2014, 6:59 am   /  Reply

    So that’s how the accident happened.
    Actually, to my grateful shock, sometimes I have learned things while talking, most notably when my mother was near death and my sister phoned me pop-quiz style to reassure Mom re. the realities of eternity and heaven. I learned several things that day I hadn’t known before, most of all a higher level of God’s faithfulness and wisdom.
    Fun post, though, and hope you do well quickly.

    • August 1, 2014, 9:17 am   /  Reply

      There are times when God has spoken through me — when words flowed out of my mouth and all the time I’ve thought, “Huh, I didn’t know I knew that.”
      But see, it wasn’t my wisdom speaking after all — and in a sense, I was listening all along.
      And yes, the injury occurred when I made the mistake of starting to walk when I didn’t realize my foot/leg had fallen asleep. Two steps in, I thought, “Wait a minute, I can’t feel my foot.”
      And then down I went.
      No grace in the accident at all.

  3. August 1, 2014, 7:01 am   /  Reply

    I love this quote! I guess because it’s so true. What have I learned this week? That broken hearts don’t always mend. My aunt died 6 months to the day after my mother, her sister) passed away. But now, they are keeping all of heaven awake catching up!

    • August 1, 2014, 9:19 am   /  Reply

      I was browsing quotes, Pat, and thinking “Not that one, not that one” –and this one stopped me cold. So, so true.
      And yes, I believe you’re right about broken hearts. Profound truth.

  4. August 1, 2014, 7:13 am   /  Reply

    Hope your foot’s feeling better, Beth…and that the deadline writing is coming along well. (In the trenches with you…not foot-wise, but writing-wise. 🙂 )

    As for what I’ve learned this week: No matter how much there is to do or how far behind I feel, sometimes the best thing I can do is take a walk and talk to a friend on the phone and get involved in someone else’s life rather than just letting myself get buried in my own. Friends are awesome. 🙂

    • August 1, 2014, 9:21 am   /  Reply

      My foot is healing — and sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Well, it is always the best medicine. And the cuddles of a little dog, when he lays his head across my sore ankle.

  5. August 1, 2014, 7:42 am   /  Reply

    I’m so sorry you are experiencing a foot injury after your back surgery and finally being able to walk around without pain. I hope you heal quickly so you can get to using your Fitbit again.

    As for what I’ve learned this week: It’s okay to let someone else counsel my children on life choices, because sometimes they listen better to someone else, than they do to me or my husband 🙂

    • August 1, 2014, 9:23 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Anne. I admit that I hate losing my independence again so soon. But I’m hoping to be walking again soon.
      And my husband and I always prayed for our children to have other wise adults speaking into their lives — backing up our values and principles. Because, yes, sometimes they heard the words of others more easily than they heard us.

  6. August 1, 2014, 8:23 am   /  Reply

    Poor girl! I hope you’re up and trotting around soon. Praying for you.

    I learned that I set myself up for failure when I set my expectations way too high. Because I’m a dedicated perfectionist, this lesson’s going to take a while to soak in.

    • August 1, 2014, 9:23 am   /  Reply

      I nodded as I read your lesson learned, Sherry. I bought myself a T-shirt year ago. It reads: When at first your don’t succeed, lower the bar.
      Love it!

  7. August 1, 2014, 10:57 am   /  Reply

    Great quote, Beth! In reading the replies, I found that I agree with all of them. So, I guess, I’ve learned that hanging out with people of like mind can be reconfirming.

    In other news, I learned that you need to “string” fresh green beans before cooking/serving them 🙂

    • August 4, 2014, 10:45 am   /  Reply

      Hi, Kathy,
      This is one of the reasons I love this blog: the conversation and all I learn “listening” to others.
      “Stringing” green beans, huh?
      That’s new info for me.

  8. August 1, 2014, 4:24 pm   /  Reply

    Do you know, that’s how mom broke her ankle? What is it about tingling feet?

    I’ve always tried to learn something from everyone I meet. Whether it’s good or bad, I figure I can learn from the experience.

    • August 4, 2014, 10:47 am   /  Reply

      I did not know that, Angie! So lesson learned: Beware tingling feet!
      I love your attitude: try to learn something from everyone you meet!

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