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Learn Something New

Ah, Saturday once again; coffee mug is filled to the brim, Lake Michigan is covered in reflective sunshine, sparkling in a rhythmic, choreographed dance of gentle waves.  I began to do my own reflecting of this past week, looking at the hustling motion I found myself in yet again.  But then I started to recall some incredible moments I had the privilege to witness.

I know we are all familiar with the old adage, “You learn something new everyday.”  Yes, I do believe it’s true, but how many of us take the time to focus on that new-found ‘learning’.  What was it? What did it look like?  Did it change my thinking in any way?  Was it something I’m going to run with and find out more?  Did it inspire me?  Or was it just a passing piece of “fyi” and I’ll probably never think about it again?  My goodness, so many questions for such a common, everyday occurrence! Ah, not so, I believe.

Here’s what I wanted to share with you.  As I hurried and scurried about my day, I was startled, delighted, and astounded to see a room filled with 4 ping-pong tables with 4 people at each (doubles?) whirling the ping-pong balls back and forth at lightning speed! There was a fury of clicking sounds as each ball was feverishly struck by a paddle only to be flung across the table within what seemed like a millisecond!  The sound in the air was like the clippety-clop of a team of horses running down a path.

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I have never learned to play ping-pong.  I have tried it in the past, and yet, really left to my own devices, have never been very good at it.  I don’t think it’s my eye-to-hand coordination that’s the issue; I think it’s just that I figured I wasn’t going to be able to “get the hang of it”, so I have never learned the proper way to play.  This past week’s ‘ping-pong experience’ really had me thinking about the art of learning something new, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, and giving it a whirl for the sheer joy of it!  It doesn’t really matter what the outcome is, because I think it really is more about the process, the intention of learning, and what that brings to the table (in my ping-pong example, ‘literally’ to the table).

Ah, I didn’t mention something important.  Everyone at the ping-pong tables was at least 80 years ‘young’ and up!!

Ah, the joy of learning something new.  Grab a paddle and let’s start the pinging and ponging! 🙂

Ping Pong Paddle

24 thoughts on “Saturday Serenity: The Joy in Learning Something New!

  1. I agree, that we need to pay attention to see, what we learn every day, Cher 🙂 I don’t play pingpong either.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Irene! We definitely need to do that, don’t we? And to see these lovely people in their 80’s and 90’s playing with such fervor was inspiring and uplifting!! Cher xo

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  2. GP Cox says:

    Great question. Frankly I can’t remember the last time….. That’s sad! I’m going to have to do something about that!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well I’d love to hear about it!! Please let me know if you don’t mind! Cher xo


  3. Did you drink all the coffee. or pretend that you had coffee in your mug, or toss it down the sink, pretending that you Frank your coffee. Don xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ha!! NEVER waste coffee, Don!!! Perish the thought! Cher xo


      1. I do hope it was good coffee! xo


      2. seaangel4444 says:

        It was decent coffee, Don; however, I miss my Tim Hortons coffee something fierce! *LOL* Cher xo

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      3. Tim Hortons is Canadian coffee… xoxoxo

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Yes sir it surely is Canadian!!!! xoxoxo


      5. You can go to Canada to buy some, or maybe you can order it online, and have it shipped to you… xo

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Your answers are all correct, Don!! Hhhmmm, now what to do……..what to do…….. 😉 xo

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      7. You can also swim up the lake to Canada, or row a boat or canoe, which would be fun. xoxo

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        Hhhmmm, guess I never told you about the time I sunk a kayak on Lake Michigan, did I Don? I think I’ll just use USPS! *LOL* xo

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      9. Oooops! You could take a taxi or a hot air balloon. xoxo

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      10. seaangel4444 says:

        Hhhhmmm, hovercraft??? 😉 xoxoxo


  4. floridaborne says:

    The first time I visited another blogger was 3 years ago. I was frightened and it was in another country. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Definitely outside the norm, I bet! Good for you though! Learning new things! Cher xo

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  5. Joseph Nebus says:

    Hey, just yesterday I drove from my mid-Michigan home to the Cedar Point amusement park, in Sandusky, and back again without using the satellite navigator! I did have to rely on street signs for the park and for the Ohio Turnpike, but I think that’s fair enough.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well done, Joseph! Hear hear!! I quite agree; you certainly learned something new!! Cher xo


  6. This post hit me in the solar plexus.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ka-pow! There it is, David!! *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  7. I used to love playing ping-pong… maybe I should give it another go!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why I think you should, Hilary!!! Cher xo


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