If I had to claim a super power it would be “learning pace”. It doesn’t matter if I’m working on my golf swing, new yoga positions, running or martial arts, I practice Pace and Patience. Recently I witnessed the opposite at the driving range while I was working my short clubs to start the season another golfer was butchering the ball with his driver, so much so I was hitting the ball further with an eight iron. To be honest the gentleman was probably a new golfer still with that said it’s hard to believe he will be successful if he continues to choose this method of practice.
I’ve seen the same thing in running a 5k so many runners start out fast trying to maintain the pace of the frontrunners, while I pace my self right from the start. I eventually pass all those runners.
This blog post isn’t meant to tout my golf or running, but to make a point that skill and knowledge are obtained through pace and patience or Slow and Steady wins the Race, call me tortoise, my super alias…
I’m in a good space right now. When I’m like this I notice things — I become aware. I find lessons in everything, from driving to work, to switching my seasonal wardrobe. There are literally hundreds of lessons every week in my universal classroom. There are subtle messages from the TV I watch (not the Madison Avenue messages). My cats and the rest of the animals I encounter teach me something. Running and Yoga are my first lessons of the day . From the moment I wake up school is in session…
This isn’t just for me, it’s an open classroom everyone is welcome. The only enrollment requirement is you show up everyday open to learn about; life, about you…
Got to go one of my teachers just walked in and needs to be fed!
A few blogs back I wrote that was going to keep a gratitude journal. Here are a few surprising entries; Dirt (I’m somewhat phobic) but after my “gardening” experience yesterday I’ve become more grateful for the earth’s dirt. Traffic (tung in cheek) it’s teaching me patience and ultimately I’m not in charge of my arrival. There are of course the obvious like family, life, health ect… I wanted to share the less obvious.
I’m looking forward to finding many more – Till then why don’t you start looking?
To teach is to learn twice. That was one of the first lessons taught to me as I embarked on my path of teaching… It is a lesson I share with my staff and students who wish to be teachers and it is one I’m conscious of every time I step on the mat – Like today. I was teaching a private lesson to an intermediate adult student. The physical or martial art lesson was forms. The philosophical or spiritual lesson was about letting go and just doing…
The Universe, Devine Conciousness or God (insert your preference) has a great sense of humor. While I was explaining the lesson behind the exercise, I began listening to what I was saying. Then I thought I heard another small voice saying,”Did you hear yourself?” That’s when it struck me! No not hearing voices,but hearing my own voice. It was like reading instructions aloud so you can see and hear, therefore learn better!
Then it occurred to me. The Universe was using one lesson to teach two souls! I was only the mouthpiece… By the way dear Universe I did hear myself. My only question is should I only charge my student for a semi-private class?
Every once in a while I sit back and review how I got here from there… It never ceases to amaze me how many people have shared and are sharing my path. These people wear many disguises, and have been physically, spiritually and even metaphorically a part of my life and who I am…
There are no chance encounters – Everyone is a potential teacher, be open to their messages…
Be willing to share your message, because we’re all in it together!
Some of the most difficult decisions in my teaching career (and in life) are the “When To’s” . I’m an adult child of an alcoholic and a certified enabler. Therefore I tend to want to do everything, to make it easier or right for the others involved. On the surface this behavior seems rather benign – It isn’t.
Always doing for others especially staff and students, prevents them from experiencing the growth they need. Yet there are times when in order to teach them properly I need to actually do what I’m asking to get done… (I know I’m talking in circles) . This is the dilemma; When to interfere and when to let go? I’m constantly at odds with myself over this. I want to get what I want the way I want without hurting anyone’s ego.
I know I have to trust my guides and learn from each situation, but it doesn’t make it any easier. For instance “When To” end this commentary?
I can hear my mother saying, “You’ll never learn.” I believe she may be right – Especially when it comes to over doing…
Seems I can never just train, I have to train like a mad woman. Working on one fundraising effort is never enough how about three! Overbooked and under rested can only lead to one thing… Dis-ease! Thankfully it seems like it will be nothing but a nuisance!
In reality it is the result of a repeated pattern of over stressing myself and not paying attention. How many other times am I going to trip over my own feet? I guess it depends if and when I’ll ever learn…
There’s an old song I love called I’ve Stayed Too Long At The Fair. It always reminds me of when its time to move away to or from something. Everyday is about growth and that growth leads us toward another phase of our lives – Or it should. Just like we outgrew diapers and third grade we outgrow who we are now. The big issue is when we become a certain age there aren’t the obvious “road of life cues,” like graduations and birthdays. Now instead of looking toward 16 and a driver’s permit we are looking toward 60 something and social security – Oops there isn’t going to be social security. I digress, okay 50 something and a colonoscopy. See what I mean, the “road of life cues” are less obvious and far less appealing. So we need to follow our own heart and now wisdom to see where to next. Change can be challenging at any age, but we must embrace it if we are to continue to grow. What is your next thing? Who do you want to be in the next five years? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be doing?
Me, I’m blowing it all up! Yes my next thing will happen because I’m moving away from who and what I am now… Sarah’s little girl is growing up!
Look out world – I’m BACK!
We touch and are touched by many people in our lives. Only but few will leave “fingerprints” – A lasting impression… I’ve been on the receiving end and my guess is I’ve been on the leaving end as well.
First, what we put out in life is what we generally get back. If this karmic philosophy is true, then a couple of people who touched my life this week are in for lots of good. I’m not at ease accepting kindness and or favors (I like to be the giver). So it takes a while for me to let go of the “controls” and go with the flow if you will. In doing this I’ve learned about my role in someone else’s life and accepted my karmic reward.
In the leaving an impression; We often hope we make a difference but when you see a lesson or a truth that you’ve been trying to teach finally make a break through in someone’s life your heart fills with joy. Not ego satisfaction, but the knowing that you aided another to find a piece of themselves and now they can grow! There is no greater gift to a teacher nor is there a greater lesson for the teacher…