“Don’t tell me to be brief when I am preaching the Word of God,” the young priest is said to have admonished the elderly lady who sought to give him feedback. I’m not sure where it is written that listening to the Word of God must be a tiresome thing and that the priest has licence to go on talking incoherently at times.

In the same Parish, the older priest is succinct, topical and compels you to listen just by the quality of his sermon. He comes across as well-read and well-prepared. What he speaks resonates through the week.

It surprises me that instead of picking up skills from the older man, the young man seems to think that he can ramble on and bore the congregation to death. All I can recall of his sermon is his repeated use of the phrase ‘at the same time’. It took all of me not to keep a count of how many times he used this phrase.

Open To Learning?

Being open to learning certainly is not age-related. Just the other day a blogger said that she was still open to learning at 75 and I know my Dad got on to using the computer when he was 81.

It is never too late to learn. Gaining new skills, whether for personal or professional reasons, makes one more confident. And continuous learning helps us to maintain a high level of confidence.


I’m not sure why anyone would resist learning. How boring life would be if we arrive at a place where we think we know it all.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi