I love the idea that sometimes we have to teach in order to learn. It becomes more clear all the time that when I share my experiences with someone or teach them something new; I learn the most and ultimately…grow the most. I used to think that we had to be some sort of expert before we could teach something. Through my growth I have realized that there is no hard and fast rule that we must master a practice of life before we share it with others. Especially when it comes to the idea of well-being. After all, the ideas and concepts of hope, gratitude, joy, love, and happiness are all a practice. As long as we acknowledge there is no absolute method that fits everyone the same, we will teach and learn through all of our interactions each day. Through practice we learn how to be present and treasure moments that lift us and fill our hearts and then figure out how to let go of the ones that may not be as kind or inspiring.
There is something magical about teaching and sharing ideas that you are passionate about and believe so deeply within your heart. It’s not about getting people to identify or become aware of things the exact same as you, the magic is that they consider what they agree with and what makes sense for who they are. It’s like a light within them that shouts “Wait a minute, I know myself and I believe this or I believe that.” It is a glimpse of their inner wisdom and exploration of exactly who they are and have always been. It’s about creating a reference point to consider and navigate your own outlook, perceptions, and intuition.
The other magical thing is what happens for my own self during this process. I am reminded of my the things I value most and my priorities when I speak about concepts like happiness, satisfaction, love, and hope. It is an amazing moment of rejuvenation that fills my spirit and calls me to pause and simply take it all in as I hear my own reminders of what truly matters. It is also beautifully human and empowering to admit to a group that I am growing in awareness in things like ‘letting go’, ‘self-compassion’, and ‘growing in hope’ without claiming to be an expert or some perfect model of total calm each day.
The reality is that we all practicing at the level that we are conscious. To increase our consciousness, we grow in awareness. And to grow in awareness we sometimes have to be vulnerable and simply acknowledge that we are perfectly imperfect.
This is my intention: keep growing in awareness through love, understanding, compassion, and kindness. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those four things spell out LUCK. After all, luck is defined as “a force that brings good fortune”. And what’s more powerful than Love, Understanding, Compassion, and Kindness? Whether you believe in LUCK or not; I am incredibly grateful to be able to experience so many opportunities to teach, learn, and grow every single day.