“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you just like everybody else means to fight the greatest battle there is to fight and never stop fighting- the battle to be yourself.”EE Cummings.
My Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) blew me away Thursday night… we were once again at the dining table grinding over math problems. As usual she ended up in a bucket of tears. The poor girl hates to cry in front of people, so she bolts to the bathroom shuts the door and releases (I guess its the best place to release!LOL) . She comes out with red eyes and my heart melts. I ask her sit down and talk to me about how she is feeling. After a long silence she tells me, “Mom, I am the worst person in math in my entire class!” and the sobbing gets intense. I want to cry with her, my heart is tearing from top to bottom. Somehow I keep it together, and hold her hand as we talk. She says, “Mom its the worst to know I am the only one in class that needs help, no one else is as terrible in math at me – in my whole class!” She is so upset her body is lurching as she sobs. I just let her cry because I had no words that felt right. Instead of speaking, I began praying like a mad woman in my mind.
When the crying subsided I let her know I understood and we would work on it together – she did not have to go at it alone. I gave her examples of how I was the worst at physics my senior year in high school and the teacher used to pass our tests back to us and announce our grade with attitude as he put it on our desk. Talk about humiliating. “Ms. Wong D+!” UGH! So, I told her how I did not want to hear that again and I actually spent time at home focusing and studying. The next test I heard, “Ms. Wong… nice job B+… What happened?” BLT was curious. I pointed out how she is totally great at creative writing and drawing. She responded with, “Yeah, but that is not going to get me a grade to pass 5th grade!” Then she remembered, “Ms. Anita at school told me to write 10 positive things about myself and put it on a mirror.” I told her that was an excellent idea!!! I asked her to put her math aside and do it. She hesitated and asked, “What if I can’t think of 10 things positive about myself?” Because I can’t help myself I talked to her about how the subconscious mind believes what we tell it because it cannot tell the difference between truth and make believe, so we might as well tell it what we want even if we don’t totally believe it yet. Funny thing, she totally understood my “hypno talk”!LOL!!! I left the room and she wrote down 10 positive things about her self, put them on stickies and added additional tape for added security. She placed them on the mirror in our bathroom. When she was done we came back to the math… she finished the entire worksheet in 1/3 the time it took her to go through 3 problems! She got them right too. 🙂
Its times like these BLT reminds me just how powerful the heart and the subconscious are in our everyday lives. I was so glad to see that one of her sticky notes read, “I have God in me”. Positive energy works on such a grand scale that even I benefited from her process… every time I walk into the bathroom guess what I see…that’s right 10 positive things about Me!!!
Once again, listen to your children and notice the unexpected wisdom that will blow your socks off!
Jennifer Wong, CHt.
Group Meditation and Self-Hypnosis Instructor
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My BLT (Biggest Little Teacher) has been taking singing lessons for a few months now, and loves it! Her teacher is a professional singer and has created a children’s choir that will be performing at a professional venue for Christmas. BLT is beside herself excited! It has been apparent for many years that BLT loves to sing, dance, and perform. Yet, when I ask her what she wants to do when she grows up she replies, “I don’t know”.
The other day we were chatting and she began to tell me about how she does her warm up scales with her singing teacher at the beginning of each lesson. BLT began to speak as if she were alone in the car and proceeded to tell me, “Sometimes when I sing I just pay attention to the notes and I watch the keys on the piano…and then….I like…become part of the piano…Sometimes when I’m tired I just go into the music and I will all of a sudden know the lines.“
Ahhhhh, I was in love listening to her subconscious take over and spill out of her like a flowing river. When she finished speaking she was quiet for a moment and said, “Wow, I don’t know where that came from!” and began to laugh. I asked her, “So do you want to sing when you grow up?” and she said, “I don’t know.” Feeling frustrated I wondered how could she not know? Isn’t it obvious???? Then I thought, maybe I’ve been asking the wrong question. BLT knows what she wants to do right now, in this moment – not 10 years into the future. All that matters is right now. Passion is felt right now. Sure it can be followed, but not forced. Now wonder she doesn’t know!LOL! Maybe what she becomes 10 years from now is not really important.
All I could think about that day was how amazing it must feel to become the music, the piano, the notes. I tried to think back to a time when I’d lost myself in something I absolutely loved, because “that” would be my true passion… A place where the “shoulds” did not exist. A place BLT knows all about.
Thank you BLT once again for reminding me of what is important in life!!!
To you readers, may you enjoy this Thanksgiving Holiday by being in the moment. Blessings!