If you can read this, thank a Teacher.
Today, 5 September, India celebrates 'Teacher's Day.' Students all over the country honour their teachers, felicitate them, and use this opportunity to express their love and gratitude.
It got me thinking about...well, who is a teacher?
We've got accustomed to tagging the label of Teacher onto someone who comes into a classroom setting and instructs students in academic subjects. A true definition of teacher is anyone who has touched our lives and inspired us to improve on what we were.
There is no age consideration here. My children have been among my best teachers, guiding me in new technological advancements, cheering me in all my endeavours, and showing me the path to joyful living.
Even our experiences, both good and challenging ones, are teachers that shine a light on what we need to learn, making us stronger mentally and spiritually. People who are difficult to deal with, teach us tolerance and patience, as well as creative ways of handling them.
Books are wonderful teachers, throwing open whole new worlds for us to explore, taking us to places we have wanted to go to but never did. The internet has worked its way into this list too!
Very apt indeed are these words I read somewhere: Everyone is my teacher...some I seek...some I subconsciously attract...often I learn simply by observing others...some may be completely unaware that I'm learning from them...yet I bow deeply in gratitude.