For a long time I thought I just was not fated to have teachers. Very little of what I’ve learned about the Real has come from guru-types. In fact, I am a lot biased against the guru-wannabes.
Maybe I’m like the three year old who’s got the blouse on inside-out and is focused on buttoning the thing regardless. “Me do, me do,” the baby declares.
So do I! What about you?
WHERE ARE MY TEACHERS?
Jerrold Mundis, a writer about financial things, in his book MAKING PEACE WITH MONEY posited that a student becomes “ready” for a teacher by keeping unobstructed and receptive, by setting aside biases and preconceptions, by being willing to listen and consider.
It becomes a matter of Un-Seeing, of finding out how your own prejudices, preconceptions, and attitudes are stopping you from doing what you need to do to get to where you want to go. Then, of course, you’ve got to make the effort to at least be open to other ways of thinking. It’s not always easy.
Perhaps your greatest teacher is your own self and how you react to your own life experiences.
THE VALUE OF SELF-REFLECTION
As Julie Jansen, in her book, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT, BUT I KNOW IT’S NOT THIS, points out, “Self-assessment requires time, honesty, patience and introspection.” Her whole book is all about self-assessment tests and finding out where your head and your heart are trending.
The following video, “The Value of Self-Reflection” is a TEDx talk by James Schmidt, a student at the University of Glasgow in 2015. His thoughts have a deep poignancy from one so young. In it he delineates the lessons he learned in dealing with the death of his father.
RECOGNIZING YOUR “TEACHER”
Jerrold Mundis also says that your “teacher” can be a person, a book, a phrase, an image, a thought, an overheard conversation, an inspiration, a tv show, or a lover. He says, “We recognize the teacher only when we are open to the possibility of being taught.”
Hmmm. Now, there’s a thought: Maybe the teachers have been there all along and I just never recognized them.
ANOTHER TAKE ON THE MATTER
Here’s an interesting video by Jim Rohn, a legendary motivational speaker in the personal development field who died in 2009.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
So…what about you? Are you ready to recognize your teachers? What works for you?
Here’s a poem:
HAPPENING TO LIFE
Okay. I’ve made mistakes in my life
and regrets, I have more than a few…
Frank Sinatra’s signature song
makes a neat voice-over
as I’m bumbling my way down this
winding path of mine
that seems to make unexpected turns
and bends and jogs all the time
past assorted dangers and pretty things.
Still, I don’t think I could
do it any other way.
Sitting in some corner being quiet
feels like a punishment to me,
a mean teacher’s favorite consequence
for one who fidgets too much and
distracts the rest of the class from
stale, warmed-over lessons
that have no texture, no taste to them.
I like bubbles and butterflies and balloons,
all notorious for being flighty
and definitely ungrounded.
These things don’t last long,
but then, neither will I.
Sitting stolid and firm just
wouldn’t do, no, wouldn’t do.
’cause papa said that the best thing
is making sure you happen to life.
Otherwise, life will happen anyway.
It always does.
By Netta Kanoho
Picture credit: “Lightbulb vs Candle” by David Singleton via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
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