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Mary Anne Radmacher Mary Anne Radmacher author. artist. gifter.

Author Mary Anne Radmacher has been writing to make sense of life since she was a child. She's written in the gift industry for 30 years and her licensed work is distributed around the world. [www.maryanneradmacher.net]

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I was still a tot when I asked my mother the first question she couldn’t answer.  She sent me to the library, where I discovered the wonder of independent study and learning.

Years afterwards, when the president of a regional university asked me to articulate what I felt about education, I wrote, “The key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change.”

Learning is meaningful to me.

Learning ways to do a thing. Learning how not to do a thing. 

Learning by observation. Learning by overlay (if it worked on this maybe it will work on that).

Learning by experimentation. Learning by doing. Learning by throwing things into the air and watching where and how they land. 

Learning by reading. And reading. And reading.

Learning by watching and listening to others. Strangers. Friends. Neighbors. News. Celebrity. Flowers in the field. Birds in the sky. Voices speaking of long-held cultural knowledge.

Learning by asking: Who? How? When? Why? Why Not?

Learning by sitting still and watching what happens when I do nothing.

Learning by prayer. Praying through paint, poetry, prose, and poses. Learning all the names for holy that I hear.

Learning that I’m my own best source of knowing and learning: I can recognize a void and learn to fill it. I can see abundance and learn how to share it.

Learning by opening my heart and my journal at the same time and seeing what my hand, while holding a pen, wants to teach me.

Learning is representative of the most dynamic elements of my life. When I’m learning, I’m least resistant to change and most open to the “impossible.”

When I’m learning, I’m less caught up in “everything I know” and “doing things right.” 

I’ve learned to use the word “yet” as often as possible. As in, “I don’t know how to do that yet.”

Learning is full of wonder, possibility, and opportunity. When I learn something of specific use, I share it with people who might benefit or who have expressed interest. That keeps the learning cycle rolling.

Every day, I intend to know more at the end of the day than when it began. Any failed expectations in a day are balanced by learning.

– Mary Anne Radmacher

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