Be Sure to Recognize the Lessons When They Come

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Suffering is our best teacher, because it hangs onto us and keeps

us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then
does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be
quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because
life is nothing but an adult education class: if we don’t pass in any of
the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever
lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find

ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.

—Ayya Khema

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.


Each One, Teach One

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Worldwide, adult literacy can greatly contribute to a lower quality of life. That’s why organizations like ProLiteracy exist.

Laubach Literacy International began in 1930, when Dr. Frank C. Laubach was a missionary among the Maranao people of the Philippines. His concern about their poor living conditions led him to conclude that the ability to read and write was essential for them to begin to solve their problems. As the Maranaos learned to read, they would, in turn, teach other adults on a one-to-one basis that became known as “Each One, Teach One.” From 1935 to 1967, Dr. Laubach visited 105 countries answering calls for literacy help and created reading lessons in 315 languages.

In 2002, Laubach Literacy International merged with another of the world’s oldest and largest adult literacy organizations, Literacy Volunteers of America, to create ProLiteracy. Learn more about ProLiteracy and how you can contribute at!