Contemplating the qualities of hope and encouragement reveals that most of us, from children to adults, will at some point in life need to make a new start to keep moving forward, whether it be learning to walk or overcoming a personal setback or challenge.
Getting a new start and sharing our experiences across generations means we need to relax and allow ourselves, and encourage each other, to appear in the parts of ourselves that are not fully developed, or fully revealed, or fully fashioned and formed. It’s in the incomplete and still discovering and emerging elements of ourselves where something new can appear. We can only access and source these newly appearing parts of ourselves in the ecology of encouragement, hope, and mutual support.
This conversation is a weave of experiences from teachers, parents, and people who were touched and who touched others in moments where all that was needed was a little bit of help, with encouragement and hope, and how central these qualities are in our lives.
As a teacher, I listen, I empathize, I wait, and then my experience has been that a child can have their freedom and be liberated into the hope of their life. So, how to liberate – that’s the word I was thinking about. Children are not in a factory of getting a degree. They’re there to learn about their place in the world and in the universe. And adults are there to help them on that journey.