Who’s teaching who?

Whatever your idea ends up becoming […] the process of bringing it into being will change your life. […] All you need to do is start …*
(Martin Amor and Alex Pellew)

We need some kind of reflective practice to best bring into being what it is we believe and feel we must.

Twenty two yeas ago I heard someone describe their own reflective practice and being 38 years old and not having then found one that really worked for me, I decided to copy it.

All these years later, it’s developed a lot into something quite different, and it means that for around the last 8,000 days or so, I have had some way of reflecting on my life and my work.

No doubt the practice will keep on changing, but I wonder where things might be if I’d resisted copying, if I wanted to find something original and unique to me.

Steal and copy to find your own way because it provides you with a place to start and, once started, it’s likely that you will overtake your teacher and become the the new teacher we need.

This morning, I was struck by David Whyte‘s words to a young reader because they are about openness and newness and possibility through the practice of reading, and, when it comes to the adventures of reflection, no less will be the excitement for those who begin and what treasures they will have to share:

I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish; I wish I were in your shoes now, I wish I were standing where you are standing now, I would swap everything I have learned through my reading, I would swap my entire library of a thousand books, every journey and adventure I have taken through their pages, all the insights about the world and myself, all the laughter, the tragedy, the moments of shock and relief, all the books that have amazed me and that have made me reread them again and again, to be at the beginning as you are, so that I could read them all again for the first time […] to walk through the incredible territory we call writing and reading and see it all again with new eyes.**

(*From Martin Amor and Alex Pellew’s The Idea in You.)
(**David Whyte‘s letter to young readers from Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick’s A Velocity of Being.)

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