Lifelong Learning

3-reasons-blended-learningIf I had lots of money I would spend my life going to school but, alas I do not, so I have to find small patches of learning which fit into my own life goals.

This week I’ve been immersed in one of those learning patches and now have to prepare to go out and do some of the hard work of putting the learning into practice.

This atmosphere of learning has it’s hard spots but it is so invigorating to be with like minded people, seeking a similar path.  We see and feel in similar ways and there isn’t much to argue about except the finer points of our art.  Our arguments are more of a theological nature and those by their very definition are not arguments as much as they are adventures in differing points of view.

There is also the reality that when I leave I will once again be immersed in the activity of daily living.  There will be a bus to drive, meals to cook, beds to make, a house to clean.  There won’t be any total immersion in study and learning.  It will have to be piecemeal.

To my friends from Jubilee who are from Edmonton to St. John’s, I wish God speed until we meet again next October.  They are a wonderful group of friends, who have been knit together with laughter and tears.

Tonight we will have a little wine.  We will sing a few songs.  We will celebrate our having come this far.  Tomorrow a few tears among the hugs will solidify the love and respect we carry for one another on the next leg of the journey.

The desire to learn may have been one of the greatest gifts my mother gave me.  May I never stop learning and seeking.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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2 Responses to Lifelong Learning

  1. Anand says:

    And because you love to learn, you’ll always remain young.

  2. That’s great. It sounds fun!

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