This is just a sampling of the feedback, and my intention in sharing is that you take away some insights as well. I have often followed up on readers' perspectives -- back to that teacher/student angle. As with many of life's lessons, there's no singular path.
If we allow ourselves to be aware, we can find messages and meanings all around us. Some of the greatest wisdom can come from the most unlikely of places. That's why it's so important to listen -- to the external voices and the still, small voice within.
This week I learned that a favorite aunt passed away. She was the last remaining member of my mother's immediate family -- and the "end of the line" for that particular family unit. I've been reflecting on this a lot this past week as we await her memorial service. Our extended family will gather once again to pay our respects. It almost seems too soon to be doing this again.
But that's another way the teacher/student role comes in. And the wisdom that flows has nothing to do with chronological age. Wise souls come in many shapes and sizes. If we're open to it, we can often find wisdom in many places.
So, I'm encouraging you not to discount anyone who crosses your path. That parking lot attendant may have had just the life experience you're facing -- and come out the other side the better for it. Children can teach us a lot, too. Their wisdom comes unfiltered. And what about those amazing examples of unconditional love around us? Yes, I'm talking about those furry ones!
One of the biggest mistakes we make, in my opinion, is trying too hard. If we could learn to flow more freely, I'll bet we'd be pleasantly surprised at how many of the answers would come to us naturally. Until then, I'll encourage you to keep wearing both your teacher and student hats. We all have a lot to learn -- and we all have a lot to teach.
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and Chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or e-mailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.