Thursday, October 5, 2023

World Teacher's Day

An end of term party with
one of my classes before
COVIDSince the truckers
Blocked access to our captial in Ottawa
over being asked to take COVID vaccines
 -- those hats would no longer be popular.
I started teaching in class again
this past summer.  Such a treat.
Social distanced, masked, but
present. Amazing.

Today is World Teacher's Day, and I'm thinking of all the teachers
who taught me.  
It feels like a delightful result of my work with all
of my teachers that two weeks from now I will again be a once-a-
evening teacher 
teaching Presentation at Community Center, for a 
Toronto Community College.  

So thank you to every one of my excellent teachers for teaching me, understanding me,
and uplifting me so 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've shown paintings three times in the Carousel du
Louvre Art Shopping show at the Louvre Museum in Paris. And she is probably partially
responsible for the painting I delivered today to the Colours of the Earth show that
will open a week from Saturday at the Heliconian Club in Yorkville.  Plus all the
teachers at OCAD were amazing, and I became an artist because of them. 

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

As an adult I'm grateful to Skip LawrenceToph 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 the idea of therapy, and the
potential to change our ways of thinking.  That interest won me 10
years of teaching Positive Psychology to college students, and helping
them succeed in school, and follow their dreams.

On the thinking side I'm grateful to so many teachers -- 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


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Beautiful message to be the teacher you would want to teach you. Congratulations on having a teaching job again❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

I'm looking forward to it.


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