Yes, the pictures above ARE ME! (I usually avoid sneaky captures, so this is a rare moment 😉 ) What I am doing here, however, is not rare.
On this particular day about a month ago, I had collected three girls (one being my daughter) from school, and taken them to the dance studio they are all a part of. I’d been rushing around for two hours prior, and was desperate to relieve my bladder, so I accompanied them inside (okay, so me going inside with them IS rare – keep reading 😉 ).
The conversation in the car had been centered around a particular teacher, who had left them feeling rather uninspired and completely demotivated for the upcoming exam period. They needed to vent and have their own discussion, and so I didn’t interrupt. But I listened – partly because other than driving, there wasn’t much else I could do!
While I was in the bathroom and thinking about what had transpired in the car (because a bathroom is a place that inspires great thought), I remembered a story about a similar type of teacher that we had had when I was in high school. There was also a lesson in there, so I decided to share. Upon entering the room, the audience had grown and now there were two other younger beings, as well as the assistant dance teacher present. (The assistant dance teacher is the ”capture culprit”.)
To my daughters horror (oh the shame, my mother speaks, uttered by most teenage girls her age) I opened my mouth and began to recount what I remembered. I know it doesn’t look like it from the pictures, but they did all laugh with me at the end, including my kid 😉 I don’t know who it was who commented how lucky my daughter is to have a mom that is not only good at story telling, but is such an inspiration. Her reply was, “Yeah, well try living with it. Every moment is a teaching moment.” This was followed with a roll of her eyes – and then everyone was rushing about getting ready because their class was about to start.
I’ll admit it. I was a little disappointed with her reaction, and her comment. But it wasn’t new to me. I also know that she really didn’t mean any disrespect , nor was there the intention of emotional harm. I know this, because I know her. She’s often frustrated with me, and queries, “Why does everything have to be a teaching moment with you?” We had a long conversation about it a couple of weeks ago. I understand her frustration – she’s 14, and I am ‘the mother’. At 14, any instruction offered by those in authority (even when intended to help, inspire or uplift) is always taken as if it truly is a bitter pill. And since my daughter simply doesn’t swallow pills (we’ve tried in jam, cheese, chocolate, yoghurt – that small thing simply isn’t going down her throat) it’s a little more difficult with her.
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(Ah yes, teenagers! Don’t get me wrong – she’s a great kid. But she’s still growing, and tends to be a little more defiant when it comes to seeking out lessons to learn. But then again, look how long it’s taken me!)
And she’s sort of right. Because I suppose there comes a time when it can get really annoying. She has also pointed out to me that I am ‘worse’ these past few years when it comes to teaching moments.
I think that this may be because in the past few years I have opened myself up to experiencing more learning moments. As I have mentioned in many previous posts, something has shifted. And although this process is painful, it’s bringing with it a lot of very positive outcomes. It’s changing my character, for the better.
While the word purpose is inclined to draw our focus to goal-based achievements – the type where we set a target that is usually ‘verb’ orientated (get a promotion at work, gain new customers, publish a book) – I have allowed myself to broaden my thinking 😉 Yes! Goal-based achievements are important. They are long term, future focused and give us a direction in which to head, often with a tangible result.
But what about the other types of goals? While those achievements are great, if they never happen in your life it doesn’t mean that you lived a life without purpose, or that you somehow failed to achieve in your journey.
I have many ‘verb based goals’ and, truth be told, I happen to be falling behind. Tomorrow is not promised and I may never reach them. This thought is a little bit frustrating for me. BUT…
I am already aligned with the greatest purpose of all that I can hope to achieve when I choose to act in kindness, compassion and love. This ‘personal purpose’, while it is based on verbs, may not always have a visible outcome. I may not see the end results. I won’t always know if I was able to help guide someone, or influence them in a positive way. I won’t always know if I helped others change the course of their lives to a better direction, or whether my smile that day was the one thing that changed their mind about taking their own life. I won’t always know.
But it won’t stop me from being kind, sharing a smile, showing compassion.
And in the same way, as frustrating as my teaching moments are, I won’t stop dishing them out.
(Although I may need to be a little more sensitive regarding their frequency 😛 )
Most importantly of all, as painful as the learning moments are, I won’t stop being more aware of me and my surroundings in an effort to find them and determine what it is I need to know about them. Because it’s an ongoing process, and I am very aware of how it affects my emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical health.
So, for me? I am quite happy being a goal setter, go getter, in matters pertaining to the heart. And who knows, the rest of it may just follow 😉
7 thoughts on “teaching learning moments”
Awesome Post. I think when we are at that age we all tend to think we know it all or don’t want to learn a new lesson. You have an amazing journey ahead of you. It doesn’t matter that you’re falling behind on your goals. We often set too many for ourselves! Keep being you, keep growing and keep being an amazing person!
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Thank you 🙂
I also had to pause and consider that even when we get older, sometimes we still don’t want the pain of learning new lessons.
I will still keep trying with her – and I understand her reactions…so I am not too easily offended by them 😉
Thank you for your kind comment. Much appreciated. Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂
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Smiles. I do know that moment. You know when your mum states something and you are like “mummmmmm!!” in your mind. 🙈😀
But in it all good to know you are embracing the good and the odds. A journey always has its itches but we are assured of a safe landing with Christ in it.
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Absolutely. Thank you 😊😊💜
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A truly wonderful post with a definite fun side to it, especially the surprise picture and I think that we all know those looks.
I thank you for sharing your journey with us, and the funny thing is that I was thinking about something to blog about the other day and although I have been busy my thoughts were to blog about teaching and the need to teach but also about the lessons that we learn from others as we teach them.
I thank you for taking the time to message me earlier today and I am OK just really tired and have been very busy with lots of different things going on. 😊😊
I hope that you have had a wonderful day although I saw a post through email which I now can’t seem to find about criticism and an email from someone else.
I personally have found you to be very supportive of me, very personable and your writing is very inspiring to others as well as myself.
I think that with blogging there is no right or wrong way of doing things and some people I think feel superior and have a better way with words etc.
However you I truly believe write from your heart, your compassion and ability to see the best in everything makes you the person that you are and I am so grateful to be able to call you a very dear friend 🤗❤️😊
I hope that the comments that you read didn’t spoil your day too much 😊🤗❤️🙏
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Thanks Paul. Your comments are always appreciated, and I am grateful for your support. All good my side, thanks. I deleted the post because on further reflection I decided that while the topic is great, I may have overshared a bit and perhaps I wasn’t very graceful.
Don’t forget about the post I contributed to you 😛
I am glad that all is well with you, and look forward to reading your thoughts on teaching, and learning!
Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂
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