“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”
|Buddhist Proverb quotes|
I remembered this quote and thought of all the times I needed a teacher….I looked for them. The hardest part was getting myself to the point of being ready to listen. I believe the teachers are there all the time but I don’t recognize their value until I am ready to learn. I spent years getting to the point that I entered counseling and was open to what I needed to hear to change my life. Some sessions I would shut down and we would start again the next week or wait a week or two and tackle the issue again. I believe my first counselor was an important teacher in my life. One of many. I didn’t idly wait for teachers to appear. I looked for them in school, at the library, on line, and in Church. I crave new ideas because some of the ones I am using now aren’t working for me. Or I decided I could do better. Or I learned something that goes against my belief system creating cognitive dissonance and I am searching for answers. A teacher babbling away to uninterested students results in little or no learning. However, a gifted teacher is one that inspires their students to search actively for their own answers. My counselor referred to himself as a coach teaching me to run the maze called life. I would make wrong turns and he would guide me back on to the path of healthy living. I am thankful for many teachers I had through out the years that encourage me, challenge me, and let me learn for myself about this wonderful world we live in. So many made a remarkable difference. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my teachers.