Sunday, September 05, 2010

Chance Meeting Your Teachers?

It's time for students to return to their studies--as if there was a time when we are ever NOT learning--but as the school term officially begins, I trust that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable learning adventure this year.

I was thinking today about the years when I served as a preschool for a mother's day out program back in the 1990s. I wonder what those students--now adults--are doing, what they look like, what has transpired in their lives. I was reminded of how important it is to realize that we are all teachers to one another and that we have a lasting impact upon others--even those who are only in our lives briefly. I bet you can still remember some of the teachers you had in elementary, middle, high school and college. I certainly do. We carry some part of them with us always--even if we aren't friend on Facebook.

There is not a single person from whom we cannot learn. By the same token, there is no one whom we cannot teach. It's impossible for us to meet or come into contact with every person on the planet; that's why there are so many teachers and so many kinds of teachers. Yet, we are all teachers and students to one another.

I believe in synchronicity rather than fate or accidents. I believe we all create the situations and circumstances we experience and that we are responsible not only for our actions, but for every thought we think. This makes for very watchful and careful attention to be paid to our thought that seemingly have no power. All thoughts have power. But, now I've been sidetracked. Back to my post about teachers.

You've probably heard it said that everything happens for a reason; that no one is in your life by accident. Did you ever think that your "chance" meetings are actually specific contacts made for the potential of developing a relationship or teaching/learning something?

Today, my reading in A Course in Miracles was about about teachers. I am paraphrasing from parts of the following excerpt:

The simplest level of teaching appears to occur quite innocently. It may seem to be very casual encounters; a “chance” meeting of two apparent strangers in an elevator, a child who is not looking where he is going running into an adult “by chance”, two students “happening” to walk home together. These are not chance encounters. Each of them has the potential for becoming a teaching-learning situation. Perhaps the seeming strangers in the elevator will smile to one another; perhaps the adult will not scold the child for bumping into him; perhaps the students will become friends. Even at the level of the most casual encounter, it is possible for two people to lose sight of separate interests, if only for a moment. That moment will be enough. An exchange of teaching has occurred.

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