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Jamie's Blog – Year 9:: what you need – 14 days to go

17 Dec

There are 14 days left of The Promise 365!

“You already have what you need.” My dear teacher and mentor and medicine woman taught me this many years ago. It was in the middle of surgeries and doctors appointments and all the anxiety that comes with that sort of thing. She was always so wise and so ahead of me in the lessons of life. She also told me that was why she could be my teacher, she would always be a step ahead of me. Until she wasn’t. 

Today, I took the day off and mostly addressed Christmas cards. It was a rainy, sleety, snowy sort of day and the perfect hot cocoa Christmas card backdrop. I love paper and cards, and I love addressing them and using my calligraphy markers to make pretty little letters. So while I was looking up addresses and writing out beautiful little letters I was taken aback when I saw her mailing address next on my list. 

This will be the last year of The Promise 365 and it will be the first year I won’t be able to send my teacher a Christmas greeting. She is now gone, and I am now on my own two feet when it comes to life lessons. She is no longer a step ahead of me, rather she is somewhere else in the heavens and the stars. Luckily, she left me with that precious gift. 

“You already have what you need.” I can hear her say to me again as if she were right next to my side. 

Indeed, I do. Mostly because of all the great teachers who have always been one step ahead of me. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 239 :: trusting it all

27 Aug

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Tonight I am reflecting on what it takes to trust and learn.

And that brings me to Laughter. I am laughing a little on the inside, at the realization that the joke has been on me. This year of Trust has given me many twists and turns and you know what the pattern keeps coming back to? Trusting myself. 

They say when the student is ready the teacher appears. And, now, my dearest teacher is in hospice. There is irony in this situation, being that this is the year that I am learning to trust and it appears it will also be the year when she is learning to leave. The two may intersect and while it wouldn’t surprise me, still I am shocked. 

She is the one who taught me to trust it all to matter. She taught me to trust the moments of confusion, and the moments of clarity, for each, have a valuable lesson to bring forward. She taught me that it all matters… and I mean ALL. 

When a spider would show up on my window she would ask me to trust it (not to kill it). When a flower bloomed she taught me to honor it. When an animal appeared she taught me to thank it. She was trained in Native American ways and in her teachings she taught me that everything mattered. Everything had a message. Everything had a purpose. 

So with that, I am left with this: the student has become the teacher. Through her lesson plan, I have ultimately been taught to trust myself. Silly me, not realizing that this was her plan all along. 

Now, as she prepares to leave I also know that she will never be gone. This is, in a way, the final test and possibly my graduation. And since I know that everything matters, I know that she will choose the perfect moment to leave and the perfect moment to remind me that lessons and love live on. 

They always do.
Trust me.

More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 214 :: trusting your teacher

2 Aug

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I had to the most wonderful day on Cape Cod. Not because of the white sand beach and beautiful blue water (which was very nice and mesmerizing) but for a much better reason, the reunion of friends.

I have had many teachers in my life, some have taught me lessons of love, others lessons of faith, and still others lessons of loss. Life is a teacher until itself in so many ways but the people Life has sent to enlighten my path have been the most cherished.

One of those special and dearest people is Debbie Cottrell. She taught me women’s history in a way that nobody ever attempted before I entered college. I actually didn’t know what the women had been doing all the time that men were fighting battles and laying out tax law and claiming lands and building boats and railroads and all the other things that had been written in my history textbooks since grade school. But Debbie knew, and she taught me in the most inspiring way. It was her influence that led me down the path to claiming a women’s studies major at Smith College. 

But that’s not why she was my favorite professor. It was the birthday cards she sent every year on my birthday long past my college days. It was the emails and Christmas cards and check-ins on me after my divorce years. And today, it was meeting up on the most beautiful strand of sand on the eastern seaboard … just to catch up because she was in town.

It is the staying-in-touch that has touched me most and taught me the mostest (if that is a word!). It is the support of a lifetime not just the support of a semester that has stood out as exemplary. She is so exemplary, in fact, she was just named the president of TLU and this student couldn’t be more proud of her teacher. 

I can only imagine how many thousands more of me there must be, a student inspired by her teacher. Which brings me to this… you never know how much your influence holds or your words penetrate or your actions create ripples in the lives around you. But they do. Trust me!

Thank you, Dr. Cottrell, for staying in touch. 

More tomorrow.
Jamie

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