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Life in the Learning Lane

If I may, I would like to start with three quotes that have been life-changing for me.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away – Maya Angelou

I can spend the rest of my life handing people bricks… I don’t have to build the whole wall – Frank Peretti

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… I took the one less traveled. And it has made all the difference – Robert Frost, from the poem The Road Not Taken, 1st and last lines

Every day I wake up I have the opportunity to hand little people bricks. Bricks of learning. Empathy. Acceptance. Encouragement. Kindness. Even love.

We all have similar opportunities in life, I believe; it’s what we do with them that counts.

Growing up in England and moving to North Carolina is a major culture shock for anyone but I’ve always been an intrepid rebel at heart. I agree 100% with Wayne Gretsky – you really do miss every shot you don’t take.

My experience with Education First since starting with them in February has been nothing short of revolutionary both professionally and personally. If I had not been more of a risk-taker than most I might never have experienced the utter joy of connecting with Chinese students. I absolutely adore each and every one it has been my privilege to meet. Every lesson I discover some new aspect of their personality or their life. One enjoys the outdoors. One is quiet and thoughtful. One likes it when I ‘do voices’ as my angels used to call it. (I guess being an avid reader and writer that comes with the territory.) We discovered this pleasure one day when the lesson got rather boring and I was wracking my brain for a way to keep them engaged…

As a published writer I have a deep love and abiding respect for words, both written and spoken. Words touch a heart, change a life, and shape a nation.

Yes, I have indeed taken the road less traveled through my life. And it has indeed made all the difference.


Kari, the learning-and-lovin-it redhead
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4 thoughts on “Life in the Learning Lane

  1. Of the three, this quote gets me the most: “I can spend the rest of my life handing people bricks… I don’t have to build the whole wall – Frank Peretti”

    I often put way too much pressure on myself. I want to do good, love people, obey God, make a difference in the lives of the people around me and connected to me. So, when I am unable to do ALL I wish I could do, I feel I’ve failed. Call it a savior complex, if you will. LOL.

    This quote is an excellent reminder and visual for me: Just hand them the tools, moments of love, etc. that I can, and trust God to help them build the wall.

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