The lessons we learn without realising it

For the second time in only a few days I find myself inspired to put fingers to keyboard by Cheri’s blog.
Today’s post (Planting Seeds) relates to the sowing of wisdom into the minds of the young.
In Cheri’s case she is talking about making a difference to children’s lives by showing them ways that they can think about starting their own businesses, but the same could be said about everything that we try to instill into the young; good manners, a sense of respect, the difference between right and wrong. We may not see the fruits immediately but we have laid the seeds and can do no more than that, except perhaps the occasional watering.
I always remember an old school master from my senior school who I just did not get while I was at school. The two of us seemed to have an unspoken understanding about this which actually helped us to have a rather humourous, and sometimes comical, master/pupil relationship.
Over the years things happened in my life and situations occurred where I found that I already had some unseen, inside knowledge of how to react to events, how to behave, or what was expected of me. From somewhere in my early twenties onwards I began to realise where this knowledge had come from and grew to have a deep and lasting respect for him and all that he had taught me (except for the Latin, which never stuck).
I knew where he lived and at one point, long after he had retired and when my career was at it’s peak, I even felt that I would like to visit him and relay my gratitude but, alas, never got around to it before I heard that he had passed away.
S. G. Timms, I may not remember much Latin but you taught me a lot. Thank you.

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4 Responses to “The lessons we learn without realising it”

  1. c Says:

    Thanks for the mention Tom. Glad my post inspired you to post! As I read yours, I was reminded of people who have made a difference in my life and they probably have no idea that the had planted those seeds in me. We truly never know what long-lasting impact we may have on others.

    • honorarynewfie Says:

      Oh lawdie, Cheri, now you’ve got me looking over my shoulder… who knows what chaos I might have trailing in my wake ?!
      😉

  2. fshade Says:

    Reading this post makes me realise that I need to visit to my teacher who taught me maths and other valuable life lessons as soon as possible.
    Thanks Tom for sharing this.

    • honorarynewfie Says:

      Do it, please, and I hope you both receive much joy from it.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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