But What Did You Learn?

Dwayne Phillips
1 min readMay 21, 2020


by Dwayne Phillips

Events occur constantly. Each is an opportunity to observe and learn and learn to observe ourselves.

The title of this post is one of those questions that a person can ask another after any event on any day.

It is personal as it is about the other person. I don’t care if someone was trying to teach the times tables from 1 through 13. What did you learn?

. I learned that I hate memorizing things.
. I learned that half of the times tables are already in the other half.
. I learned that I could punch up the answer on my watch so fast that I didn’t need to learn the answers.

The question is also a spur to learning. No matter what the event, learning is available to each of us. It is up to us to choose to learn or not.

The question is also a spur to observing. Events occur constantly. Did you notice the last three events that happened this morning?

The question is a constant training of observing and learning. Often we should learn to observe ourselves and what we just learned from that squirrel running across the law and that little bird that landed in the tree outside the window.

Life is full. We can pull from that fullness. It is our choice.



Dwayne Phillips

Engineer, computing, consulting, writing, teaching, and a few other things in an effort to make us all better and smarter.