Monday, May 7, 2018

appreciating our teachers

In the US, the National Education Association describes National Teacher Day  “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.  This year it takes place on May 8th and is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

Born and raised in the East, the meaning and purpose of "teacher" in Western terms seems rather short sighted and too shallow.

The Oriental belief is any thing and any one is our teacher with all elements in our life an opportunity to learn more about our self.

What if your teacher was Judas or Hitler or the son of Sam? What if you are them? 

Beloved or reviled, revolted or blessed - who were these teachers? What lessons were taught? Did we learn from the experience?

Do we recognize or honor any lasting contributions? What are these and what do they play in the grand scheme of our lives?

Starting with our parents and our home life, it is believed we choose the life we are born into. Whether we believe this or not, honor it or not, appreciate or not - it is what it is.

Then there is a adage, "a lesson will repeat itself unless it is learned". Watch out! Are you a quick learner? Are you stubborn and insist on doing things your own way? Do you shut down or dig in? Do you learn and grow?

Never too late to peek into our past and unravel some mysteries from the option of who we are currently rather than who we were then or would like to believe we'll turn out to be.

Life does have a purpose even when we do not recognize or choose it consciously. Being more conscious about this can be a huge help yet all too often we hesitate and are hesitant.

What if our true purpose was learning to learn? What then?

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