Teachable Moments

I can think of three major teachable moments in my life.

The first was when a woman I loved left me. I learned that love is an action and that I couldn’t be complacent about the people I care about. I started to listen more. I began to see other people’s point of view. I became a more empathetic person.

The second was when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that suppresses my thyroid and prevents my body from getting the hormones it needs. I learned that what I put into my body matters and that my struggle with chronic fatigue and depression wasn’t all in my head. I started to eat better. I began to have more energy. I became a healthier person.

The third was when my business partnership failed. I learned I couldn’t help others until I put myself first. I started traveling. I began daydreaming more. I became a more independent person.

These experiences make me think of a piece of marble a sculptor is working on. The marble has to lose pieces of itself before it can realize what it was always waiting to be.

This can be a painful process —we are not senseless, inanimate marble.

But it’s our choice whether we interpret these moments as losing something or becoming something.

I think both are true.

 

*Picture taken in Solotvino, Ukraine.

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Hello. I’m Alasdair.

Hello. I’m Alasdair.

I believe that being aware of who I am and mindful of who I am becoming is the best investment I can make in my life —and that when we focus our efforts within, the rewards naturally flow outward to those we love and through the communities we belong to.