What’s Next for the Teachable Spirit?

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What’s Next for the Teachable Spirit?

What’s next for the teachable spirit? What could I do to make my life even better than it already is? What do I enjoy that I would like to have more of every day of my life?

While I knew the answers to those questions, it also involves the engagement, interaction, and agreement of other people. That’s right, living life alone is great; however, living life with other people, the right kind of people, is even better. While I enjoy my solitude, easy schedule, and living life as it comes, I have discovered that I like mixing it up by engaging with individuals that encourages the best out of both of us.

Painting the outside of my home in Graham, Washington, summer 2013.

Painting the outside of my home in Graham, Washington, summer 2013.

I have learned that the key to success lies in:

  • collaboration
  • encouragement
  • support
  • structure
  • creativity
  • self-esteem

Doing things by myself has always been the game plan; however, fostering the teachable spirit involves collaboration. Accepting the contribution other people make to the project I am working on or adding my abilities to their work matters not; joy happens in the exchange of ideas. The project takes on a life of its own as each contributing member builds upon the input of the others. Allowing this engagement provides opportunity for growth and a way for each member to shine while sharing the responsibility of the outcome.

No one loses; everyone succeeds.

Dr. Warren Bruhl adjusting one of the Maasai and Dr. Dave Neubauer, January 2015 in Amboseli Park, Kenya.

Dr. Warren Bruhl collaborating with the Maasai and Dr. Dave Neubauer, January 2015 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Collaboration coupled with encouragement provides the right kind of support for the teachable spirit that really gives space for creativity. Success is difficult to obtain without high self-esteem fostered in a spirit of giving through sharing of the gifts that each possesses. Support for the collaboration to continue is provided through a structure that gives place to the highest or most vulnerable priority.

What will the teachable spirit do next? I see lots of collaboration on the horizon:

  • finishing the work on my home with sweat equity contribution from my children
  • assisting my children in their various projects
  • finding the next employer that is looking for my skill set
  • looking for financial partners to contribute to my work in Kenya
  • collaborating with Days for Girls chapters in Kenya to bring menstrual pads to Ingrid Education Centre and the Maasai
  • finding a home that provides the right structure, the right environment for living a collaborative life
Our staff left to right: Gina Karlsson, Criminal Justice instructor, Arin Sharkey, librarian, Thomas Perry, Department Chair, Amber Channel, Paralegal Instructor, Tim Sutherland, Criminal Justice and Paralegal instructor, Marta from Career Services, and me, GED Coordinator, Business and General Education instructor, April 2014.

Everest staff left to right: Gina Karlsson, Criminal Justice instructor, Arin Sharkey, librarian, Thomas Perry, Department Chair, Amber Channel, Paralegal Instructor, Tim Sutherland, Criminal Justice and Paralegal instructor, Marta from Career Services, and me, GED Coordinator, Business and General Education instructor, April 2014.

During my tenure at Everest College, I grew to understand how good collaboration can provide a more meaningful and robust life. Leaving that position found me working on my home with assistance from my children. I became encouraged by their support; the project seemed doable and finite rather than overwhelmingly never ending. My self-esteem was lifted and my motivation expanded. Returning the favor created an ever increasing wealth of reciprocity that spiraled into a space of creativity.

My grandparents homestead and chicken house, October 2014, Kahlotus, Washington.

My grandparents homestead and chicken house, October 2014, Kahlotus, Washington.

I desire to live like this every day for the rest of my life!

Engaging in an environment the teachable spirit loves creates more of the same in an ever expanding opportunity for growth and development, harnessing success in a tangible way, allowing each day to have greater meaning and depth. Seeking the right partners for collaboration creates sufficiency in doing a particular project, providing a way to actively engage with the joy of reciprocity.

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