30 Days of Inspiration : Be A Lifelong Learner

March is celebrated as Spiritual Wellness Month. It is a time to reflect on the values, ethics and morals that add value and give meaning to your life. Here at diGJamaica, we’re going on a quest for 30 days of inspiration: extracting the common principles from different religions and systems of belief that help their followers to find inner peace, purpose and direction. Each day for the month of March, we will be sharing another principle with you. Join us as we embark on this journey to spiritual wellness.

What we’ve covered so far:

 Be A Lifelong Learner

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” – Jim Rohn

One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is to get to a point in life where they feel like they know all they will ever need to know, so they don’t need to learn any more. Lifelong learning is an essential spiritual practise because it ascertains continuous development and growth as new information is continuously gained and used to enhance one’s life.

According to Wikipedia: “Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.”

Here are some things you can do to ensure that you are actively growing your knowledge base and learning everyday:

  • Join the mobile university. This is what Zig Ziglar calls the group of persons who make a commitment to use the many hours of their lives that they spend in their cars to listen to teaching tapes. These tapes can be language lessons, self-help or motivational lectures, school-related material, spiritual, etc.
  • Join your local library.
  • Get involved in groups, clubs, or societies that require you to be continually learning. There are some social groups that are created solely for this purpose. Examples are book clubs, speech-development classes, language clubs, music groups, etc.
  • Read and subscribe to journals, newspapers, websites, podcasts or any source of information that will help you grow and develop your skills and knowledge.
  • Register for one of the many free courses now offered online via platforms like: Coursera, edX,  OpenCulture, etc.
  • Try new things. Do something that requires you to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone.