My acupuncturist once said to me, “If we waited until we were perfect, there would never be any teachers in this world.” This statement has been resounding in my head loud and clear lately. Sometimes I feel as though I shouldn’t teach because I haven’t dealt with strong feelings of unworthiness that can swallow me whole on a bad day. Sometimes my husband feels he shouldn’t teach as he deals with allowing himself to remove his armor and find a more vulnerable, compassionate person underneath. We all have our issues.
The beauty of this is that these issues make us human. I know I have been judgmental of others who wanted to teach and I felt they hadn’t healed enough to teach. Now I see how wrong I have been. These wounds are the places we teach from. They are the places that give us our lessons that we see clearly and can then help others. The key here is authenticity and not pretending to be are something we are not. Remembering that we are “perfectly imperfect” can help us remove the burden of shame and bring us into the light. This is the best place from which to teach: a place of wholeness, a place of imperfection, a place of humanness and that we are all in this together. Embrace this and your students will embrace and love you as well.