August - Gift of Learning

Jennifer Hester |

“Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never returns to its original dimension.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes


August 2019

Dear Friends,

This month’s topic is the Gift of Learning. At Legacy, we foster an environment for learning. Each team member has an annual professional development pathway inclusive of several books he or she is required to read, ranging from industry-related content to personal growth. As Abigail Adams says “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence”. Talent might happen to you by chance, but learning is a skill and practice that anyone can accomplish with diligence. We hope this letter encourages you to take time for yourself this month to learn and attempt something new!


The Team at Legacy Planning Advisors, LLC.


The Gift of Learning

The great thing about learning is that it is not restricted to the schools, jobs, or an age group.  Valuable lessons are learned every day while doing basic things such as watching the children play, listening to music, watching the news, or commuting.  Knowing that learning takes place anywhere and at all ages, we must be ready with open minds to grasp something new at any time. 

Learning is the knowledge that gives us understanding resulting in peace and respect.  Our sense of peace increases with knowledge because we can relate to more people and things around us.  Respecting others for their choices and decisions is attained by learning their culture and understanding them.  This month let the Gift of Learning teach you a valuable lesson from learning together and from each other.


Experience The Gift of Learning

“Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” Job 34:4

I've Always Wanted To...

What have you always wanted to do?  Are you too busy with daily living that you have not had time to learn that new skill or hobby?  Now is the time to realize the dream – whether it is dancing, skydiving, or playing the piano. 

What makes youth so exciting is the constant state of learning, exploring, and conquering new territories.  It’s fun; it’s scary; it’s energizing.  As we get older, we slow down on trying new things and taking chances. 

This month let us lighten our burdens and our hearts with a new endeavor.  Encourage each family member to attempt to learn something new.  Have some fun discussing the possible choices during dinner.  Support each other, take a picture of each person engaged in his/her new endeavor, and make a memory booklet.  You might find it is so much fun and refreshing you will want to do it again.  Live it up a little!


“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matt 11:29


Our Library of Like Lessons

In every family, there are lessons we learn from each other, simply by living.  Some of the things we learn daily are how to share, help, be kind, and respect for each other.  We also learn the importance of honesty, responsibility, courage, and patience.  We learn those things by embracing each other with open minds and hearts.  Sometimes the most valuable lessons in life are taught by our children. 

Here is a neat project to start your own ‘Library of Life Lessons’ that will last a lifetime.  Find or buy 10 small empty boxes and wrap them in solid paper gift-wrap with pretty ribbons. Write the name of one important life lesson on the side of each box and make a slit in the top, big enough for folded pieces of paper.  

Whenever someone demonstrates that he/she has learned a life lesson (patience, courage, etc.), write a note to commemorate the action and slip it into that box.  At the end of the month prepare a special dinner to celebrate your library.  Take turns opening and reading the Life Lessons you have learned together.