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The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill.

The willingness to learn is a choice.   Brian Herbert

Life-long learning begins with a mindset and a drive to explore the unfamiliar, to risk being uncomfortable.  It is the determination to question our biases and test the assumptions that shape our practice choices.  It is an aspiration to experiment with a novel approach or attempt an untried technique.  It is a willingness to temporarily suspend self-assurance in order to gain knowledge.

When we follow a well-worn path, we feel confident, poised, and at ease.  But how do we respond when familiar and practiced routines are impractical or unsuitable.  Do we persist, confidently adhering to our habits?  Or, are we willing to experience a moment of confusion and discomfort in order to accommodate this new and foreign situation?  Reflective practitioners follow the unfamiliar path.







Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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