What did you learn this summer?

With summer soon coming to a close and people returning back to school, it’s time to look back. Remember the back to school essays – what I did on my summer vacation? Time for a variation – what did you LEARN this summer?
1) It’s always better to ASK. My wife and I each had a pressing issue to share with each other, but out of respect or reluctance, we didn’t bring it up until recently. We found that we were both thinking the same thing, and just couldn’t tell the other. We’re now working through it together, and are very supportive of one another.

2) Time and a positive attitude is the best way to adjust to change. We have gone through several changes at the school where I work. At first they seemed difficult, but putting a positive spin and giving it time has turned it into a nicely workable solution.

3) When you’re in synch, anything is possible! I have a band and am playing with new musicians on a gig to Germany. We all wondered what it would be like to play together – in a word, wunderbar! We were extra sensitive to listening and paying attention to each other that the music just flowed like we had always played together. And we both learned some new tunes and performance techniques in the process. Hear the folks I’m playing with at http://lisaedgar.com/.

4) When push comes to shove, anything is also possible. I cancelled a Scout trip this summer in order for one of my Scouts to complete his Eagle Scout project before he turns 18. He had one of the best Eagle projects I have seen, building a butterfly garden for his high school and getting over $3000 of donations in plants and supplies. As he finishes his last badges, I couldn’t be prouder of him. See over 500 ideas for Eagle projects at http://www.scoutorama.com/project/.
So what about you? What did you do or learn this summer? Make a note of it, and see how it can help you, your thinking and your skills going forward. That way you’ll make the most out of your summer, both now and in the future.

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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One Response to What did you learn this summer?

  1. Paul Safyan says:

    Sounds like a very fulfilling summer, Howard.
    Tell me, how do you send your blog to people? I’m beginning one of my own, and it’s not clear on Blogger how I do that. Thanks.

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