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repetitio mater memoriae, or Repetition
Season 1: Education is for life
This Latin motto, which apparently is used within the Latin classroom primarily and not embraced as a defining motto like the others so far, means Repetition is the mother of memory. This is supposed to spur you on to chant those declensions, but I think the truth contained therein should spur us on in much more than language acquisition.
What adjectives do you associate with repetition?
Dullness, boredom, monotony.
What about training, practice, discipline, rehearsal.
Pianists practice the same scales and pieces over and over daily.
Actors rehearse their scenes over and over.
Athletes practice the same drills over and over daily.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
In the same way, we must repent, pray, read our Bible, speak kindly, admonish, rejoice, give thanks daily, even multiple times daily. We must do so to become good at them, to become fit and trained in holiness, to imitate and glorify our Father.
Get all the mottos as pretty printables:
Read the original post: The Best Teacher, repetitio mater memoriaeListen: Resources:
- Dr. Perrin's lecture "Eight Essential Principles of Classical Education
- Rejoicing in Repetition by Mystie Winckler
- Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
- Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
Simple Sanity Saver: Brain DumpWhen does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone. Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture. Ubiquitous capture is a term from David Allen’s Getting Things Done that basically means you should always have a way to write down, right away, any information you need to have rather than assuming you’ll remember it or remember to write it down later.
- If an event or plan is mentioned, put it on the calendar right then.
- If I pull out the last bag of flour, add it to the grocery list immediately.
- If I say I’ll bring something to someplace, make that note.
- If I realize I need to do this or that, get it into Remember the Milk right away.
These collection tools should become part of your lifestyle. Keep them close by so no matter where you are you can collect a potentially valuable thought — think of them as being as indispensable as your toothbrush or your driver’s license or your glasses.Of course, the point isn’t only to write the things down. They have to be processed, also. During your weekly review, you collect up your notes and get them into your systems. The point of writing them down is so you don’t lose them. Whether rattling around in your head or scattered on loose papers, that information is lost until it’s in its own right place, whether that be the calendar, the to-do list, the someday-maybe list, or a reference notebook.
Declutter your head before you declutter anything else:
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