She changed. She learned. She laughed. (from a woman’s living eulogy, poster 01037 at maryanneradmacher.com)
I laugh after I change and learn. That’s how it works for me. Before I learn I’m busy trying to learn. Seeking out new knowledge. Opening my eyes to see things from a different view. John Keats said that, “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. Even a proverb is not proverb until your life has illustrated it.”
In the midst of change I’m very engaged. Utterly absorbed in expanding my capacity for new information. There’s a reason this is called stretching. Stretching isn’t easy for most material and it’s certainly not “easy” for me. But so worth it. When I compel myself to reach beyond the borders of what is comfortable…I become my own finest student AND teacher. That moment of epiphany? That moment which has the quick sound of, “OOOOH. I see.” That moment is when the whole of it becomes real in my experience. THAT is the moment that I laugh with relief and joy. Because when I understand how the change and learning line up, it really DOES become easy.
msary anne radmacher