I love the big arm chairs in the corner of my favorite haunt, yes my office, Starbucks. I was at my office last week and a woman asked if the seat next to me was taken. I said, "No, but thanks for asking." She sat down in the chair next to me, quickly turned toward me, and questioned, " Teacher or Student?" I know I looked surprised at first.

Then my surprise turned to amusement. I said, "I am neither and both!" She just smiled. She went on to let me know she had spotted my backpack and saw me working hard on my laptop and thought I was either a teacher or a student.  We had a short conversation about her daughter off at college, her use of SMART phones, and her next stop, a computer at the library.

As she left for the library, I wished her a good day and wrote on a note, Teacher or Student? This question not only amused me, it made me think about my life and how these words applied to my journey. Aren't we all part teacher and part student? I know I am, and most people I have encountered in life are a little of both.

I have always said that I learn from everyone around me. My wife questioned this one time when I worked for someone she did not particularly like (and that is putting it mildly). I told her that I not only learn what to do, but what not to do! I pay attention to what works and doesn't work for those around me. I try to apply these observations to what I do. Sometimes I learn quickly and others, well it took me a while to figure out my health and fitness journey.  I learn from the kids at Camp Kemo and Lasting Impressions, the friends in my life, my brothers, parents, and thankfully, my wife Polly. Her "Fire Story" was a huge lesson learned.

Based on my observations, this means we are all teachers. We should be aware we are teaching good and bad lessons every day. People are paying attention to us and are learning from our actions. The people I am most aware of are the children and teenagers in my life. My nieces, nephews, and the kids I volunteer with all learn from me and the other adults in their life. Kids are like sponges when it comes to picking up bad and good habits from the adults in their lives.

Note to ME and YOU:  1. You are never too old or too smart to learn! 2. Pass on your BEST HEALTHIEST habits to the kids in your life!

Learning something new every day,


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