You know what’s interesting about the universe? It gives lessons to everyone. Nobody “graduates” from life lessons. They keep presenting themselves until the day you die.
The REALLY interesting thing about them, though, is the way the universe teaches. It doesn’t just force a lesson. It gives you warnings before you mess up beyond correction. It gives you signs and whispers that you are going down the wrong path. Like an expert teacher, it redirects you into the right stance, the correct position, the most successful pattern. The problem isn’t that we aren’t being instructed. The problem is that we aren’t listening for those instructions.
We succeeded at our previous lessons or get caught up in believing we don’t need lessons anymore. Then, we start trying to instruct others. We try to tell other people things, when we haven’t even completed our own learning and like I mentioned before, we are never done. Therefore, perhaps we shouldn’t look to instruct other people. Maybe, we should admit we are also still learning and just listen. Share our own lessons and listen to others who are learning theirs.
We look at young people and assume that because they are young they are meant to be taught, but, any teacher will tell you, some kids teach you lessons! Some kids are wiser than you. So..maybe wisdom isn’t based on age. Maybe wisdom is just realizing what lessons we have learned, and what lessons we haven’t.
The best rule of thumb, I think, is not assuming we have figured anything out. It’s listening and hearing our universe speaking, telling us when we are about to mess up something we are attempting to do.
Recognising our “teachers” whomever they might be, regardless of what they look like, how old they are, what their religion, sexual orientation, or personal beliefs might be. We don’t get to decide if our “teachers” have a right to teach us, the universe picks the teacher, it is our job to be open to learning. We are the student and the first step is being open to any lesson, from any teacher.
Because, life lessons are too important to pick and choose what ones to learn and what ones to ignore. That’s not how the universe works. The teachers come. We learn.