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Open To Learning?

“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


  1. […] life for a purpose – and I’m grateful for all those who have touched my life. 2. For openness to learning – for that is a gift. 3. For the ability to be open to change – and I have made several through the […]

  2. Saad Saad July 10, 2014

    Loved the mahatma Gandhi quote . That quote reminded me of a a very cool quote by mark zuckerberg founder of Facebook

    In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people’s perspectives… I really try and live the mission of the company and… keep everything else in my life extremely simple.

    Mark Zuckerberg –
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  3. Fab Fab July 10, 2014

    Very true, Corinne!! Learning new skills is the perfect anti ageing treatment!
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  4. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen July 9, 2014

    Well, for all of us, learning happens subconsciously, doesn’t it ? That’s where an open mind is needed, so that the new idea percolates deep into the subconscious and takes roots and germinates 🙂
    I like to learn new things and I learn at least one new thing everyday 🙂
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  5. Roshan R Roshan R July 9, 2014

    Wah 🙁 Dont remind me… been studying new stuff every year since the last 15 years! Every time I finish learning the new theories regarding management of a case, a new protocol or disease or device pops up…
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  6. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi July 9, 2014

    to be open to learn is itself a skill. With the world changing so fast, I believe there’s no harm in learning new things… at any age.
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  7. Fran Sorin Fran Sorin July 9, 2014


    Point well taken- I LOVE LEARNING. Maintaining a beginner’s mind – especially in an area where you already have some competency- is the real sign of someone with curiosity. 🙂 Fran
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  8. kalpana solsi kalpana solsi July 8, 2014

    Agree 100% to Bapu’s quote.
    It’s not the age that is a barrier to learning (I presume) but the discomfort in unfamiliarity that prevents them from taking new lessons. Learning new things be it change in attitude or adapting to newer technologies should be dealt like a child , eager and with a smile.
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  9. Swathi Shenoy Swathi Shenoy July 8, 2014

    True Corinne. Life would be pretty boring if we stop learning new things everyday! Just like your dad, my grandpa, fascinated by computers, has started to learn using them at the age 86!
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  10. Puneet Kumar Puneet Kumar July 8, 2014

    Learning brings one closer to the reality and reality the ultimate truth. Truth can be bad or good as per the individual point of view but truth in itself so whole (clean and clear) that it hardly matters and remain indifferent at its place. Learning about the truth with indifference without value judgement is the knowledge beyond compare. You have truly said : “A mind is like a Parachute, it doesn’t work when it isn’t open.”

  11. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando July 8, 2014

    How boring, indeed! I can’t imagine not wanting to be open to new ideas and to learn new things. Our lives are so enriched and fulfilled when we seek to grow in our awareness and faith, and, yes, I do believe such pursuits do build confidence within us.
    Blessings, Corinne, and thanks for this wonderful post!
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  12. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson July 8, 2014

    I enjoyed your thoughts on lifelong learning. Too bad the young priest wasn’t self-aware enough to realize he was boring everyone to death! Constructive criticism can sting, but if we’ll listen, we’re sure to improve. The quote is wonderful.
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  13. Jayanta Tewari Jayanta Tewari July 8, 2014

    It is absolutely essential to keep learning…I wrote a post to this effect few months ago… I truly believe “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.Thanks for sharing this.

  14. Sulekha Sulekha July 7, 2014

    Corinne, I agree with you 100%. I am a student of life, for life 🙂 There is no age for learning, my dad completed his graduation with us. He is my role model. At the moment, I am enrolled in a couple of online courses for creative writing and psychology. I enjoy learning, am happiest doing it.

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