W.H.A.T.!™ Did You “Unlearn” This Year?

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We have a tendency to say in the English language to “gain knowledge”. But if you really look at the meaning of the two words together, it just seems to imply . . . that it is a collection of intangible items kept categorized in the brain for a period of time. If that is the case then we should be gaining, losing, re-learning, and unlearning knowledge. Right?

To unlearn knowledge consist of dealing with everything you have learned since childhood as “the truth”. For example, if you grew up in a family that is prejudice against anyone who does not look like them or practice the same religion. And then one day, you realize that people of other cultures and religions have similar interest and concerns as your family. You might be unable to convince your family, but you are unlearning their beliefs, and re-learning the truth.

If to gain knowledge means learning something new and retaining it, then don’t we lose knowledge as well? I am still learning something new every day, but don’t ask me specifics about when I served in the Army over two decades ago. Even though, I can still make a mean hospital-cornered bed that you can bounce a quarter off!

W.H.A.T.!™ Did I “Unlearn” This Year? . . .  that no matter how much knowledge someone has or will “gain”, it will be their character that will have the greatest effect on someone else’s life. Good behavior and high moral character must come first. If the character is not properly trained . . . acquiring knowledge will only prove dangerous. Knowledge is praiseworthy when coupled with ethical conduct and virtuous character!  

W.H.A.T.!™ Did You “Unlearn” This Year? If you did “unlearn” something, please share when or what it was, how you did it, or why! 



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The W.H.A.T.!™ Women Helping Affirm Themselves! Monthly Pocket Planner has no dates . . . only monthly positive affirmations and weekly goals. The planner is the perfect size to fit in a tote or purse to carry everywhere! Along with weekly grids, there is also space for "W.H.A.T.!™ Notes" . . . pages to journal your goals and a website to share your thoughts. The W.H.A.T.!™ Monthly Pocket Planner hopes to create a blueprint designed to build self-esteem through positive insight and practical information. The goal is to establish monthly discussions to help others with similar concerns discover solutions. W.H.A.T.!™ is for the benefit of all who have triumphed successfully over life's challenges. Copyright © 2012 W.H.A.T.!™. All Rights Reserved About the Authors: Ms. Elaine Aiken-Riley is a Director of Career Services at a community college. She has worked as a mentor, counselor, and adjunct. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education. With over twenty years of counseling experience, she helps students to look beyond their limitations and to build on their strengths. Her belief is: "The better we prepare ourselves, and the persistence we maintain in reaching our goals, the better we can become." Mrs. Vanessa Logan, Co-Founder of W.H.A.T.!™ Women Helping Affirm Themselves! is a Human Resources Manager with over 15 years experience. As a human resources specialist in the U.S. Army, she was recognized as the first enlisted private to receive an Army Commendation Medal in her battalion because of her exceptional customer service. After her enlistment; she earned two Associate degrees, a Bachelor's degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree. Vanessa loves participating in community events and is committed to personal spiritual growth and service to others.

3 responses to “W.H.A.T.!™ Did You “Unlearn” This Year?”

  1. joaynn510 says :

    You’re welcome!


  2. W.H.A.T.!™ Women Helping Affirm Themselves! says :

    Thank you for “unlearning” with me! It is not as easy a task as learning. To “unlearn” takes some wisdom to see the truth for itself. Being open to other possibilities don’t appeal to most who are content with what they already know.


  3. joaynn510 says :

    Love this! Well-written. Beautifully stated.

    I “unlearned” this year that you cannot judge a book by its cover based on the fact that someone looks like a potential threat because even the richest person can be someone you least expect who may potentially be a greater threat.


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