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I read something in Seth Godin’s new eBook, Stop Stealing Dreams (if you haven’t read this you NEED to!).  Seth said, “Learning is not done to you.  Learning is something you choose to do.”  It was one of those statements you read and exclaim, “YES!” out loud. 

Today is our 44th wedding anniversary.  I met Dan in 1966….so many years ago. We married in 1968.  We talked this morning about Seth’s quote and how true it is.  We have spent all these years learning and growing.  Learning how to work on ourselves, our marriage, our family, our community.  We will never stop learning.  Reading, listening, observing (without the TV!).  It is how we become better people. We read and participate in things that challenge us, that stretch us, that create more desire to learn and grow. And because of that, we take comfort in believing what Seth wrote Horace Mann said many years ago, “….be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” 

I am SO not the person I was at 17 when I met Dan.  Nor is he the same young man.  We agreed all those years ago to “change our family trees” and we believe we have successfully fulfilled that goal.  But we read voraciously on how to do that.  We sought out mentors who were achieving what we wanted our lives to be in every area. We looked BEYOND ourselves in searching for how to make a difference.  And we grew and changed and morphed into people who strive to make a mark in our society by leaving a legacy of love.  A loving home, a loving base of friends, three families of children and grandchildren who all are creating environments to change the world in their own loving and peaceful ways.  If I died today I will have felt I did what I was put on this earth to do.  As Stephen Covey said, “We need to Live, Love, Learn and Leave a Legacy.”…………….and I am so very proud of the legacy we are leaving behind.  It has been work but it has been so worth it all.

What are you doing to leave a legacy you can be proud of? 

What are you continuing to learn?  Are you open to being challenged to new ideas, growth, changes that motivate you to be a better person?  It’s an ongoing process. One I never intend to “retire” from.  I will be reading, studying, learning and growing till my dying day. 

In the meantime I am going to enjoy my anniversary day by letting my husband know how very much I appreciate how he has helped me to become the person I am by teaching me the importance of continued growth.  Perhaps today you can tell someone how much you appreciate the impact they have had in helping you be a better person.  And don’t stop learning and growing.  Turn off the TV and read a book.  Get up off the sofa and take a walk and observe all that is around you.  Take a class.  Join a good support group.  Do something to help you become the person you want to become.  And don’t ever stop working on that until the day you die.   

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on March 25, 2012 at 7:25am



I am sitting here quietly working on edits and had the absolute treat of reading your beautiful blog - what a way to start a Sunday! I will be sure to tell some of the people how much I appreciate them helping me grow.

"We sought out mentors who were achieving what we wanted our lives to be in every area." - How COOL that you guys are mentors for MANY today! THANK YOU!!!  

Thanks again for the wonderful reminder to leave a legacy we are proud of on our journey to become the people we were meant to be. 

Many blessings to you and your family Joanne!!


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Comment by Dan Miller on March 24, 2012 at 9:27am

Babe - it's been an amazing ride living, loving and learning with you.  Let's do another 44 years!

Comment by Joseph Iliff on March 23, 2012 at 9:56am

Joanne, this reminds me of something in Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller's new book Great Leaders Grow, another great book, that one's capacity to grow determines one capacity to lead.  They describe in the book how learning and growing is essential to fully using the stewardship opportunity each of us has to maximize our talents and gifts.

It appears that you and Dan's love of learning has helped strengthen your marriage, and helped you serve others.  Happy Anniversary.

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