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Things to Think About - Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  Mahatma Gandhi

To me, this quote is not only a statement about life, but it is the essence of continuous learning and quality of life at any age.  Recent studies about brain development show conclusively that our brains do not stop developing by the second decade of life but, in fact, are capable of development well beyond the seventh decade, IF we challenge them with learning new things.  So, while I like the idea of living in the present, as the first part of Gandhi’s quote suggests, it’s knowing the contribution that continuous learning makes to our mental health and dexterity that is an added bonus.

Till next time…  

Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ... 
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves 
If you believe everything you read, better not read 
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down 
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd 
If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself
There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts