Knowledge is Power

I have always been the person with a million questions. From the time I was a small child, I was curious about everything in the world. As I got older, I often became afraid to ask questions. I worried that if I asked a “stupid question,” I would seem unintelligent or naive. Although I do still wonder how things work and have many questions about the world, I have to sometimes nudge myself to ask what’s on my mind.

This segues into my next thought – how dangerous is it to be afraid to ask questions? Well, let’s think about this for a minute. If you are unsure about the kind of oil your car requires, but find yourself afraid of seeming naive by asking a sales associate, you could damage your vehicle’s engine. If you are afraid to seem unintelligent by asking a question about material being covered in class, you could negatively impact your next test score. If you are afraid to question pricing of an on-sale item at checkout because you may seem “arrogant”, you could end up paying more than you anticipated on tomato sauce. Asking questions is a great way to ensure you understand what you are getting yourself into. If asking a question is going to make your life easier in the long-run, it’s worth the chance of feeling foolish.

A few months ago I started a new job. Let’s just say I was not short of questions to ask about my position on the team. However, on my first day, they told me about the potluck they were having the following day. I obviously wanted to bring in a dish to share with my new coworkers. For a moment I thought to ask about food allergies, but I figured that they would list allergies on the sign-up list, so the moment passed. I made a new-to-me Mediterranean salad with pomegranate, lemon, lime, cucumber, and a bunch of other delicious ingredients. So let’s fast-forward to the day after our potluck. Someone mentioned that one of the doctors is extremely allergic to citrus foods. Of course she is. All I could do is hope that she didn’t eat any of the food I brought (please don’t kill the doctor, Liz) and kick myself for not asking about allergies. Thank goodness she is a cautious person and didn’t eat anything she wasn’t sure was safe. So yeah, I almost killed a doctor on my second day working there all because I was too timid to ask an important question.

Moral of the story: There are no stupid questions. If you think the answer to a question could benefit your understanding of a situation, just ask it!

Love Always,

Elizabeth

A Life of Learning

Let me be honest, I hated high school. I thought that meant that I hated learning. I didn’t go to college straight after school, so I had no other formal education. Now when I look back at my life, I realize that I never stopped learning. There are so many different types of learning and there is something out there for everyone.

  1. Hobby: Whether your hobby is photography, hydroponic gardening, brewing beer, crocheting,… there is an infinite amount of knowledge to be discovered. You could also unearth a new hobby! Start by evaluating what you like to view and/or read. My husband uses YouTube frequently when researching hobbies that he has interest in. That’s how he’s learned how to brew beer, start a hydroponic garden, and bake a ton of different kinds of bread. It’s a great beginning resource; especially if you are a visual learner.
  2. Language: Learning a new language could benefit your life exponentially. If you work in business, healthcare, or any other human relations position, chances are you will come across people who do not speak your native language. Sure, I took a couple years of Spanish in high school, but I definitely don’t speak fluently. Recently I brushed up on some of the language that I knew and I used Rosetta Stone to help me. It is an awesome visual tool to use. They even have an app for your phone/tablet, so you can learn on-the-go. There is, however, a fee to use their services. If you are looking for a more affordable option, you could use reliable websites and create your own flashcards. You could even tape up index cards around your house on things that tell you how to pronounce the objects in your studied language. For example, if you are learning Spanish, you could put an index card on your door that says “puerta” and each time you see the door with the card, you will relate the word with the object.
  3. College: There are so many options for college classes. You could go to a private institution or community college. If your schedule doesn’t allow for traditional in-person classes, a lot of schools offer online courses too. When I was in LPN school, we were mandated to complete Psychology 1 and 2, Sociology, and Nutrition online in addition to our full-time schedule. It was incredibly convenient that I could do my classwork and watch lectures when it was convenient for me.
  4. Occupational: One of the most useful ways that I have learned is through seminars that have been held by my job. Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB) training, customer satisfaction training, and active shooter training to name a few. These are things that could help me in any line of work and even in my personal life at times. If your job offers any opportunities for additional education, I urge you to take them. And if they don’t currently offer anything, maybe you can be the one to introduce your company to educational opportunities for staff.
  5. Health: You could always learn about a new sport or, better yet, learn how to play a new sport. (Tennis, basketball, baseball…) You can also learn about health, what your body needs, and how to nourish your body. Just please make sure that you read credible sources and base your diet from those sources. I have read a lot (mostly online) about health and although a lot of it was very helpful, some of it was dangerous advice. So make sure you read credible sources and listen to your body! Learn about how to start running or how to begin lifting weights. Learn about diet and what vitamins that your body needs to sustain life. Maybe it’s because I work in the medical field, but learning about health has always intrigued me. There is so much to learn and it is for a great end result.

 

Never stop learning. Continue to develop yourself and your knowledge.

Love Always,

Elizabeth