Change and Lifelong Learning


LCI has 'lifelong learning' as a bedrock concept.  Without lifelong learning transformation is impossible.  As long as we think of it as just reading and being open to new ideas we are not being honest about what lifelong learning is really about.  Isn't it really about change?  If we aren't changed have we really learned anything?  That changes the dynamics of lifelong learning for me.

Here are some great quotes to think about change: 

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay.  The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."  ~Harold Wilson

"The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble."  ~Henry Miller

"The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions."  ~Ellen Glasgow

I really don't like change. When I have to confront my inadequacies, sin, misguided worldview, and wrong orientations it hurts.  But if I am not willing to change and be transformed can I honestly say I am a lifelong learner?  I think not..

John Hilliard, Leadership Connextions International