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So many. Where do I start. I think first about my teachers- Mrs. Belch, Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Maynard- ethics, doing your best, trusting me, believing in me. My professional colleagues- John, Carolyn, Kristi, Rick- ethics, dedication, compassion. My parents- ethics, trust, believing in me. I think about my spiritual guides- John, Iris, Eyde- all giving me a glimpse of the greatest story on earth and in Heaven.
There’s so many but I want to pick the less obvious to me: my dogs I have been privileged to be companions of. Thousands of years of evolution honed that one look from them. It says: here, now, I wag you pet, always.
my mother passed her mindset of not liking her body and habit of checking the back of food for the serving size every time she ate. tho she rasied me, as a female growing up in this world, it was not good for 9 year old me to be starting to copying her actions. my father passed his anger issues and traits down to me, i remember his little patience and short temper sense i could remember anything. my sister passed down to me how to be the perfect person to everyone and hide everything till you breakdown one night and hope no one notices, i did that too after seeing her. i copied that, try and look perfect for everyone and make it seem like you have the best life out there, then breakdown once a week at midnight because you held too much in. my brother showed me that not caring about anything can still get you some where in life. he never did school/never went, he graduated and got his bachelors degree and now is a football coach. i now feel like i can give up when ever and say “fuck this” but i dont. because then i wouldnt seem “perfect” because i need good grades like my sister to be perfect, then everyone would see that. my family are my teachers, teachers may know alot about their topic ad what they must teach, but sometimes the way they teach isnt good.
Anthony DeNino’s ‘The Power of Giving and Gratitude’ book, is what led me to Gratefulness.org.
P. S. Not an AD.
Fear is my biggest teacher. Fear has kept me thinking limiting thoughts. With love on the other hand all things are possible. So if I can maintain a “what if” mentality I have a better change of a better outcome. I’m working on letting go of false teachers, false teachings and trust in my Higher Power working on my behalf. I borrow all this stuff from AA because it works. And since AA is based on the bible I don’t have a problem with that. I need truth no matter where I find it.
There was a teacher in HS. She was a bit different looking and quirky. Many kids loved her classes but still made fun of her. She knew, yet never really cared. She was comfortable in her own skin and didn’t try to change based on others’ reactions.
In the way she was so self-assured, despite what others said or did, she taught me it was ok to be who you really are-no matter what.
Right now I’m “sitting at the feet” of Kristi Nelson and Br David drinking in their practical real life wisdom in the course Wake Up Grateful. The guidance to take nothing for granted
is the heart of it.
My Mum and Dad passed on so much – a love of learning, a love of music, of books, of nature, independence and a set of values that enable me to live a happy and fulfilled life working well with others. My science teacher passed on her love of chemistry which set me on my path to study chemistry at university.
So many people have passed wonderful gifts on to me, and I believe we always have the opportunity to learn from others and accept gifts from them if we are open to the possibilities.
I know the question says people, but I have to say for me it is trees. They show me how to be rooted in this Earth, yet reach for eternity. How to creatively express their manifestation. How to be available to others – to provide shade, support, sustenance yet remain true to their being. To yield to passing storms and to bloom. Ha, to even be present to the enlightenment of the Buddha. Mmmm, their gifts are many.
You might find this interesting. The Smithsonian’s arrival on how trees do communicate
Thanks Cathie, yes they are a special companion.
My son! This week he passed on his recommendation of “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself”, which is seeming quite amazing, as I start reading it.
I had a music teacher that passed on the gift of the appreciation of classical music. An ancient history teacher that gave me knowledge into the past that i’ve never forgotten.
Some and maybe most of my best teachers have been those who taught me how to write — how to burnish what natural talent I felt growing inside. (When your father is an English teacher and your mother a librarian, it’s words and books all the time!) Not all were writers — some were music teachers, some were farmers, some were single moms. All their teaching had one thing in common: think of others first, always, and try to be uplifting. Following their lead, I’ve come to call what I do writing-with-listening.
Everyone who crosses my path has been my teacher either in a positive or a negative way. The ones that taught me the most were the ones who taught me how to live more fully and openly. Some I knew in the flesh. Others open my eyes and my heart through their writings.
The gift of immeasurable perspectives – if only I will just pause and consider before moving forward, deciding, and/or reacting.
A significant teacher of mine taught me to notice the people that most others either willfully ignore or simply don’t see… Thank you, Mrs. Merritt.
And, Thank you, Patricia, for that wisdom –
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