People Skills: Keep Learning for Life

It seems I spend Friday’s giving a series of short quotes – my day to fill your brain with variety…

Henry Adams said this, “They know enough who know how to learn.”

An Arabian proverb states this: “Learning is a treasury whose keys are queries.”

And lastly a piece of advice from M.M. Coady: “The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to wander around loose in these dangerous days.”

To sum up this week of learning – it’s best to simply say – learn something – every moment, hour, and day – be open to learn and your life will be wondrous – and you’ll have better people skills also!

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family  surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.  It has changed the way I try to live..

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

It’s an honor to have you here – reading my thoughts and I welcome and encourage you to comment or converse with me.

If you’re interested in what I do here is a link: www.ShawnaSchuh.com

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~ by Shawna Schuh on October 22, 2010.

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