1: to give knowledge to: teach, train
2: to provide with authoritative information or advice
3: to give an order or command to: direct




Instruct (v.): early 15th century, “to tell, inform, impart knowledge or information,” also “furnish with authoritative directions,” from Latin instructus, past participle of instruere “arrange, prepare, set in order; inform, teach,” literally “to build, erect,” from in- “on” + struere “to pile, build” (related to: structure).




Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749—1832, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era)

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“Turn a major mistake into a master mentor, learn from it.” 

Stella Payton (principal of Making People Priority Consulting Group, providing training resources for corporations; she develops resources for churches and non-profit agencies; fully licensed financial services representative; and author of "A Word in Season: A Daily Devotional")

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“The Things which hurt, instruct.” 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat)

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“It is a dangerous position to be in when you can't see, can't hear and won't listen...” 

Stella Payton

"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction."

Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936, a woman overcame a destitute and abusive childhood to become a brilliant teacher who accomplished what few people believed was possible; taught Helen Keller, a blind, deaf and mute child, to communicate)

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“Criticism can never instruct or benefit you. Its chief effect is that of a telegram with dubious news. Praise leaves no glow behind, for it is a writer's habit to remember nothing good of himself. I have usually forgotten those who have admired my work, and seldom anyone who disliked it. Obviously, this is because praise is never enough and censure always too much.” 

Ben Hecht (1894 – 1964, American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist)

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“With the growing popularity in e-learning, it occurred to me that the e should mean more than electronic. If we are going to call it e-learning, shouldn't it be effective, efficient, and engaging?” 

M. David Merrill (b. 1937, instructional effectiveness consultant and professor emeritus at Utah State University, currently teaches online courses at Brigham Young University Hawaii and University of Hawaii, also wrote the book, "First Principles of Instruction")

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“The Things which hurt, instruct.”

Benjamin Franklin


Yes, we learn when our circumstances are “good” and/or when we have those love ones encourage and support us, especially as children.  But, sometimes… sometimes… Life needs to teach us through tough love.  This usually happens when we get stuck and are unable to hear or listen to what we need to do next.

Personally, the most challenging times in my life came when I was 10 years old and my mother died, while living in NYC during the terrorist attacks, and while undergoing a divorce.  There are many more intense pivotal times like when I suffered with postpartum depression after giving birth to my first child or when I moved 1,000 miles away to start a new life.  However, the three previously listed were the most intense and sometimes fraught with a great deal of pain.  Overall, these experiences forced me to evolve and change my life for the better.   It challenged me to clear out my life and to purify my heart.  It was “out with the old in with the new,”  In addition, each life course was filled with 10,000 lessons, with a boat-load of teachers to boot.

Our individual life coursework can be tough to get through, but once we get to the other side we can transform and elevate our consciousness to higher stages of “awareness being.”

Let us pay attention to Life’s small and big instructions and the roads these experiences may lead.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya






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