Beginning of this month my friend 'Turtle Bob' started his group writing project: "What I learned from_______" (Du'oh and don't forget to fill in the blank!)
17 16 contributions ended up in the blogoshpere and we all promised to list all entries (and I'm late again!)
Here is the complete list of entries, each one finishing the phrase “What I Learned From…”
Why a seemingly funny - and cruel - animated series about teenage girls still rings true into adulthood ("What is the main thing that characterises teenage life? I would say it is it’s unplanned nature, living for the moment and not thinking much about the future; indeed, barely able to comprehend the future")
How a natural disaster can upturn family life - loosing belongings, but more the feeling of belonging - but can also bring independents (the hard way)
How strong pain-killers (legal drugs) can do very strange things to ones mind (can I just add, as some consolation Sam, that nobody is able to figure out the exact sequences of "Pulp Fiction" the first time round)
(This is my personal favourite) How being ruthless - although in gardening - is needed to get the clearer picture to see how and where to grow to; and how you sometimes must let things go their natural way to flourish fully.
How Starbuck, by 'shortening the decision cycle', can charge more for their coffee (they are everywhere!)
How being married finally has turned this (IMHO) bachelor in a grumbling - hate to admit I now have to be aware of other's peculiarities - partner (Great contribution also IMHO, one with a 'wink')
Smiles, happy laughter, that's what really important, everything else is just, well everything else.
(Also one of my favourites) Again, about what is important, but from a different angle (fishing angle even)
(this one is bound to make you smile - or make you feel guilty when you realise what you're really doing: procrastinating)
(When I read this one, after I read Mike's, I was pondering which of the two is really my favourite. This one is a very close second) A very true life-lesson learned from two little animals, and a little boy that makes you aware of that lesson (that's two lessons!)
Why everything that is done with passion or genuine interest can start a conversation and/or money making blog. (Interesting find, this one)
Why 'gut'-feeling (no pun intended) in some instances - like knowing, feeling something else is the matter that is causing a problem - is as important, or even more important than 'will-power'
How very mundane tasks doing committed time after time is a great starter on those big important other commitments (and not just on mortgage repayments, Michael, I like to add. Friendships treated the same way starts with your analogy too)
You never know what gems, jewels are 'out there'. Never forget to look just a little better, closer, 'deeper' and they are there - waiting to be found.
Shared memories are more than just 'fond memories'. They teach us not to take everything - or ourselves for that matter - too seriously.
Being part of this great collection of 'lessons' has been fun, more than fan really. So, once again, thanks for 'asking' Robert.