Have you ever truly enjoyed something that you were doing?
It could have been watching TV…
or a movie…
or maybe attending a concert…
or even reading a book.
Did you enjoy it so much that you got caught up and didn’t realize that time had passed?
At the end of a television show, you said to yourself, “I can’t believe it’s over already!”
This is the same feeling that we should be looking for when we attend professional learning opportunities.
Instead, many of us are seeking to get out early. I’ve been there.
Sometime as an attendee or even a facilitator, I’ve hoped for a session to finish early. When presenting, I’ve even said, “If we can finish this quickly enough, we can get out early.”
But I think we are demonstrating the wrong thinking.
Why should we want to get out early?
Why don’t we want to stay as long as possible and learn as much as possible in the time given?
Sometimes, it is the topic or content being presented.
Sometimes, we have a million other responsibilities or tasks that we are thinking about.
However, we need to be present.
We need to take advantage of every learning opportunity.
We need to honor the time we are being given to continue learning.
Instead of getting out early.