Wednesday, October 5, 2022

International Teachers' Day -- a big thank you

Deepak visits Pugwash
Acrylic on birch panel
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
(I was going to put my own
self portrait on, but found this
and like it better.)

Today is International Teacher's Day, and I'm thinking of all the teachers 
who taught me.  It feels like a somewhat ironic, delightful and comical
twist that I am now a once-a-week teacher at a community college, teaching 
Professional Communication.  

So thank you to all of my excellent teachers for teaching me, understanding me
and uplifting me so that I could enjoy the wonderful life I have today. I don't 
remember my grade 8 Art teacher's name, but I'm sure she's part of the reason 
I ended up spending a couple of years at OCAD, (The Ontario College of Art
and Design) and that I'm showing a painting virtually in the
Carousel du Louvre show this month, and received an award in the mail today
for my 
art.  Also all the teachers at OCAD were amazing. 

I left the school and went on to get an English Literature degree, because
I followed a boy I was in love with to his university. The feeling was definitely
not mutual. In a way he was a teacher too, because because of him I learned that I
deserved to be with someone I love, and who loved me -- #1 most important life
lesson -- 
and my very happy marriage, not to that boy, is the result.

As an adult I'm grateful to Skip Lawrence, Toph Schink and Americo del
Col  -- fabulous art teachers, and to everyone whose art work I follow
through the blog, Instagram and Facebook. And I'm grateful to my
sister the therapist, for introducing me to her wonderful therapy partner.
On the thinking side I'm grateful to Brené Brown, Louise Hay, Oprah
Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, and a long list of inspirational thinkers and
writers.  The message is -- be the teacher you'd want to teach you.

Have a loving your life day

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