Tag der Deutschen Einheit – German Unity Day
Is it ever too late or too early to learn?
On Tuesday morning I was with a stroke patient in her home, so that we could work on problem-solving in her own familiar surroundings, and in the evening I was with my wonderful Workers Group" that I have mentioned before, in my posting “Conductive cooking”. Together they handed me the second of the blogs on a plate!
Learning together, teaching each other
Today it was to be Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. I know this from school, so I could make a good attempt at singing it, but if I hadn’t known it Waltraud would have taught me as she is a very good, patient teacher!
Is it really the case of "the earlier the better" as I wrote about in a recent posting, “From the very start of life: pessimism or optimism”? 29th September 2008? Not with my singing it isn’t, I was always too shy. I couldn’t have learnt to sing now without all the previous steps to get me there, just as Waltraud couldn’t have learnt what she learnt today without having first learned to solve problems through conductive rehabilitation
Readiness to learn
And what about those children with cerebralpalsy, who start early with a conductive upbringing, only to give up in adolescence, and then return to it again as adults? Why does this happen? Is it too early at 14 to begin the next stage, are they just not ready, not mature enough yet to take over responsibility for their own lives?
I saw this occurring in Budapest at the Petö Institute and I have now been in Germany long enough to see it happening here. After this Tuesday morning with the stroke client I had Tuesday evening with the “workers”. Almost ten years ago now, one of that group had been in my giggling teenage group. This young lady is now in her mid-twenties and recently approached me wishing to start Conductive Education again. She is now prepared to take responsibility for her own independent living. She is lucky for she still has Conductive Education on her doorstep, and she joined our growing group.
When I was in Budapest in April of this year I met an 82-year old lady who had given up Conductive Education as a teenager but returned to the “after-work group” as a thirty-year-old when she had a problem which she knew could be solved solely on the basis of her conductive upbringing. She is still taking part in Conductive Education sessions.
My clients have made it quite clear to me that it is never to late to learn. I learn from them each moment that I am with them and they all learn from each other.