Learning, as defined by Wikipedia – The act of acquiring new or modifying and reinforcing existing knowledge, behaviour, skills, values or preferences.
Every waking moment teaches us something. Sometime we are aware of it, and at such times learning happens consciously. Then there are times we may be unaware of what we are absorbing. At such times learning happens later, when the right time and/or opportunity present themselves.
Knowledge is a funny thing. Some of it stays with you for life. Then sometimes the rough times we undergo sandpaper it and make it shine anew. Knowledge that isn’t used also tends to become redundant. So what do we do with all the knowledge our constant learning has helped us gather? Do we store it, allowing it to accumulate, or do we use it as and when the opportunity to do so comes by?
I recently disengaged myself from a few people who were part of my life. The knowledge gleaned from observation brought to the fore that their actions rarely matched their words and their scruples were imaginary.
It did take me a while to realize and confirm this, but once I did I chose to disassociate with them, immediately. As I have done in the past, if I had continued being in touch and given these people more chances the hurt at the end of it would be deep and the dent in my trust permanent. Continued association with such people would also colour my judgement for newer people who come into my life in the future.
Some ties make it difficult for us to actually distance ourselves from people but mental disassociation is always possible, was my other learning. I applied both of these learnings at the right time. A win win situation, really.
I am beginning to realize that while learning is a lifelong process, applying all that we think we may have learnt, at the right time, is the real challenge.
What do you think?
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