As a child, most of us used to say, “I can’t wait until I grow up.” Filled with notions of a life free to do whatever we wanted, never fussed at or in trouble, we saw being an adult almost as if it was something magical and for an elite few.
As adults now however, we are acutely aware that growing up doesn’t stop there. Every day we are growing in various ways. From our hair and fingernails to our attitudes and outlooks. We now know that every day produces teachable lessons for us no matter what age we might be.
As mothers, our children often teach us unconditional love, multi-tasking, and patience. As wives and significant others, we are taught about grace, mercy, forgiveness and the art of communication. As business women, we learn to be tenacious, responsible, driven and a team player. Yet, the older we get the more we realize we still have a lot to learn.
But if we’re being totally truthful, would we consider ourselves teachable? Are we willing to sit back and embrace setbacks that may hold lessons we need to know? Are we able to be quiet long enough to grasp when something is being portrayed to us or someone is attempting to educate us?
I have learned in my adult life to seek out opportunities in obstacles and to try to be teachable. I make every effort to allow whatever is thrown my way to positively impact me and not infect me. Truth is, no matter how knowledgeable, professional, or old we are, we must be teachable. It is only through being teachable that we learn something new.
I think we can all say; we could have made some different choices in life. I can. But I did what I did, some good and some not so good. I find solace in the fact that today I am not who I was yesterday, and I’ll be a different person tomorrow. It is all part of growing. When we learn regardless of how much we already may know, it provides power and represents true humility.
The more teachable we are, the more successful we become. Girl, it's time to focus on the sparkle. It is time to go bigger than you ever thought possible. Do not hold back. Do not doubt. Learn to chew up the meat and spit out the bones and attempt to find the truth in each criticism and the blessings in the bleak times. If you are unwilling to learn, no one can help you but if you are teachable, no one can stop you.
Anne Frank said it beautifully, “How wonderful it is that nobody needs wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Let’s make the improvement begin with ourselves, our attitudes and mindsets, our reactions and the way we approach opposition, competition, and our teachability. Instead of seeing hardships, conflicts, and obstacles as such, let’s ask, “what can I take away and learn from this?” and put it into practice.
As we continue to embrace learning, we will recognize that every day we are continuing to grow. May we lead the way by our willingness and example to inspire others and still allow those we encounter to teach us along our paths. Afterall, we now know that every day produces teachable lessons for us no matter what age we might be.
Michelle Bryant is multi-faceted. Growing up the oldest of eight children, she was destined to be a leader, mentor, and motivator. As an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, author of five books, she has shared her story, passion, and light thorough various women’s groups, appeared on several syndicated radio shows and ministered to over dozens of youth at a residential treatment facility for boys and girls suffering from issues such as abuse and neglect. She shines her light and speaks from the heart in an encouraging, and transparent manner yet offers hope, healing and a message of victory and empowerment. Learn more at: www.divinelyfocused.com