‘Ike loa is the Hawai’ian value of learning and, as Rosa tells us in Managing With Aloha, knowledge is food for the mind, heart and soul. Unfortunately, sometimes we all act like stubborn children who refuse to eat the food that’s put in front of us.
As I watch my kids start in this new school year, I can’t help but wonder which of the things they’ll learn this year will become important to them when they’re older. Like most kids, the older they get, the more they gripe about various aspects of school (like how they can’t understand why they have to learn some of the things they’re taught because they’ll never need to use it again in their lives).
I must admit they are a lot like me. Oh sure, I’ve always had a thirst for learning. I remember when I was about six years old I started reading the Encyclopedia at my grandparents house. I soon became a fountain of random trivia on things like trains, Amazon wildlife, and all sorts of things that had no practical application in my life. But I loved it.
In contrast, there were a whole bunch of subjects in school that I really felt were a huge waste of time. For example: Typing. When I was in 10th grade, I was required to take typing in high school and I couldn’t see any reason I should be learning to type. After all, what was I going to do? I wanted to work in broadcasting-why would I ever need to type?
But, of course, Typing was a required course so I suffered through it and did enough to get a passing grade.
Now, I type every day of my life – and I have for over 20 years, starting right about the time I quit being a full-time radio announcer and took my first job at a small software company. Looking back, I’m so glad that I was forced to take typing when I was in 10th grade (especially when I see some of my colleagues who are destined to hunt and peck their way through mountains of e-mail).
Thank you, Mrs. Jones, you really made a difference – sorry I was such a pain.
As we move through our lives, we are exposed to numerous opportunities to learn new and different things. Make the most of those opportunities and feed your mind, heart, and soul every chance you get — you never know what your next typing class might be.
Dwayne Melancon is the author of Genuine Curiosity and is always on the lookout for new things to learn.