What did I learn from Yesterday?
We had a great Toastmasters meeting today, and in it I was asked to speak for 1-2 minutes on a random subject (known as Table Topics). My speaking subject was:
“What did you learn from yesterday?”
What came from me was completely extemporaneous. And yet, I found it to be profound. I decided to do an audio about this speech, and try to recreate it as accurately as I can remember it. The real message is: Take time to reflect on your past day, and find the lessons and wisdom that are hidden within. Take the time to Journal and capture the things that your days teach you.
Please enjoy the audio. The transcript follows below.
Transcript of the Audio:
Today at Toastmasters I was given an interesting prompt for our table topics, and I decided that I wanted to share it with you. The prompt was: What did you learn from yesterday?
I thought for a moment. I began, “I learned that exercise makes you feel amazing even if it is really, really tiring. And I also learned that my karate instructors are crazy with what they want me to do. I learned that the 20-minute ride home with my son, with minimal electronics, having that bonding time, really important, really critical, and really special. I learned that the home that I come home to, not just the house, the home, is an amazing gift from God that I am grateful for every day.
“I learned that I can go a day without having lunch, because I didn’t have lunch yesterday. I instead went to go get some great information, take a class that I really wanted to take from Tiffany Kellogg, and I was willing to put aside eating, maybe have a few almonds, to feed my mind. From that I learned that we can put aside those animal, baser instincts of ‘I’m hungry’ to be more, and to be an elevated being.”
I learned all of these things, and I would not have even thought of it had not Ryan come up with this topic for today. And it got me thinking, which is why I’m doing this recording now, how many days go by that we do not reflect on all of the things that we’ve learned from that day or from the previous day? How many wisdoms were right there for the taking that we just bypassed, we ignored, we didn’t see it? It’s like the beautiful sunset or the beautiful rainbow that nobody sees. It doesn’t matter. We’re missing it.
I’m asking you to take time each day and ask that question, “What did I learn yesterday? What did yesterday teach me?” Or if you’re at the end of the day, “What did today teach me?” Take that time for reflection. It’s why, for me, I’m so passionate about meditation and journaling. Take time to record these magic moments. Because that’s what life is truly about. It’s not the grand things that happen to us. It’s these little pieces of life, the magic moments in life that really make a difference. I ask you to take some time, reflect on what has happened to you over the past day, week, hour, and what are the lessons there. What can we learn from it? I hope that you will be as enlightened as I was today.