In teaching resilience to our students, we talk about growth being a beneficial thing for their well-being. Whether they are working on a skill related to being a First Responder, setting up skills for their second/third/final career, or just learning something cool, it’s all a plus for them.
This week I’m studying Spiritual Survival For Law Enforcement. I know the author, and he’s amazing. So is the book. I was familiar with the concepts in the book, but reading the source material is pretty cool.
I’m also studying making moonshine. I’m not making moonshine, but I am fascinated with the technical aspects of it, and how each moonshiner sets up a unique rig, blends the mash, cooking procedures, and what they keep of the run. It’s actually high-science and engineering on the top end, and just fun liquor on the whole spectrum. I love it.
I’m working on my Arabic by trying to watch more videos and listen to more recordings in the language. My love of Israeli television grows all the time. Some of the stuff coming out of Arab nations is good, but the Israelis provide excellent bilingual (Arabic/Hebrew) shows that I love watching.
Did I mention that I spend a couple of hours a week reading up on new technology?
I’m often doing two of the above at the same time. I reserve exclusive time for Bible Study on Wednesday. I’m so far into the questionable areas of study that God gets that time all to Himself.
I know a couple of other people who are like me in this regard, with subjects as diverse as knitting, Alpaca farming, photography, you name it. Each of them is fun to talk to, and they have a healthy approach to life to boot.
I hope this week you’re starting something in your growth that expands your knowledge base. If you’re lacking in ideas, leave a comment: my wife will gladly give you a couple of mine.