“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” --Kahlil Gibran
Some 18 years ago, my family threw a beautiful 80th birthday party for my dear grandmother, Martha Kostyra, in Westport, Connecticut. My grandmother, whom I loved very dearly and called Nanny, was so happy to reunite with many longtime friends and family members who she hadn’t seen for some time. During the party, my aunt, Martha Stewart, called me over to meet a very petite woman about the same age as my grandmother.
I was touched to learn, this little lady was Miss Irene Weyer, Martha’s third grade teacher. As Martha expressed, she was so inspired by Miss Weyer’s love of teaching that she left the third grade eager to become a teacher herself. And, certainly she has gone on to do just that. Witnessing how much my aunt has honored her teacher from so many years ago made me realize in that moment the significant impact a single teacher can have on someone’s life.
I feel very blessed to have had many amazing teachers and mentors over the years. I know the course of my life would be different if it weren’t for them. Some of them were actual schoolteachers. Others were people who simply taught me so, so much because they possessed patience and a deep and loving passion to share.
Here’s one thing my great teachers had in common:
They ignited my curiosity. They inspired me to look deeper within. They challenged me and didn’t let me settle too soon. They pushed me from a place of love and belief. They reminded me of my own resourcefulness and wholeness. My great teachers also inspired me to honor my voice and to never underestimate the cumulative power of small positive actions.
Today, I invite you to honor your great teachers in life. I believe there is so much power in doing so. It can reconnect us with our purpose. I also feel a regular gratitude practice can open so much space and possibility. It keeps us grounded and connected to our foundation. From here, we have a stable place to build upon. If your teachers are alive, write to them. Tell them how they influenced your life. Tell them how they changed you. Share with them what you’ve gone on to do. Thanks to the Internet, this can be much easier to do! If your great teachers have moved on from this life, thank them from your heart.
Also, I invite you to remember how much you have to teach and share.