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Definition of epiphany

plural epiphanies

1capitalized January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
2an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
3(1) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something 
(2) an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking 
(3) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
b a revealing scene or moment
 
In truth, I did not know anything about the Christian use of the word Epiphany until 11 years ago but I’m not talking about that definition. I am talking about the noncapitalized use of the word-the sudden deep understanding that hits a person with clarity.
So, I always believed this concept but last evening I UNDERSTOOD it. I now recognize the difference and that difference is profound.
I always was a good student. I liked school. It was very much a place for social interaction but I also enjoyed the exploration of information.  I remember the handful of amazing teachers I had with great respect.
I graduated about 17th in my class of 350 or so. I did not work hard, so perhaps I could have done better, but it was a place where I felt satisfaction. I could get decent grades while enjoying band, Girl Scouts, my religious youth group activities and more. I was not so dedicated to my schooling that I did not have fun although I have always been a goodie-two-shoes, so my concept of what is fun and yours may differ.
I struggled with math and science but managed to get As and Bs.  Still, I always assumed people who could do math easily, like my husband and my children, were smarter than I am.
Last evening it hit me that they are NOT smarter because they can do math. They just have different strengths than I do. Graham, for example, is a good writer, but he is not comfortable with a writing assignment, any more than I am with math.

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And yet, I can whip out an essay about a lot of things easily. Still, we do not consider someone who can communicate in writing to be “smarter” than someone else who finds it difficult.
I believe as more and more people participate in the dumbing down of America, as mobile phone usage has lead people to assume headlines and sound bites are all the information they need, that evaluation of intelligence will have to change.
I also believe that intellectual intelligence is only one of many parts of a person’s makeup that enables success in life. Each person’s emotional maturity also permits analysis and growth….or frustration and stagnation. A high IQ with low EQ will usually lead to a life of alienation, feeling misunderstood by everyone.  The third aspect of intelligence is how you get along with others….can you accept people as they are or are you always judging others?Image result for various modes of intelligence
So, no longer will I feel inferior in comparison to a person who works comfortably in areas where my personal understanding is a bit stressed. I know I have other strengths…and I can fly well with them.
How about you?
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I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

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  1. While teaching for 32 years at one of the nation’s top 100 high schools, I always felt inferior to those teachers who had more advanced training in biology and chemistry, and/or taught the honors and AP courses. I taught the on-level 10th-grade biology and the upper-class horticulture classes. However, having grown up in the lakes, streams, woods and fields of Southern Michigan, lived and travelled in West and East Africa for 3 years in the ’60s, survived most of the ’70s in Ann Arbor Michigan, and having years of training in a particular style of peer-counseling, I had different qualifications than most of those other teachers. They would often come to me for plant-oriented advice or to get a specimen from my greenhouse or ask me to find one somewhere out in the field. In the early days after I started at this particular school in 1978, we had stadium-style registration and my classes always filled up first, much to the consternation of the other science department staff. Later on, when computers did all the registration, the counselors or administration would come to me begging to place a particularly troubled or needy student in my class, even when my seating limitation had been reached. I had a knack for separating the person inside from their patterned and trobled outward misbehavior, always trying to reach the kid inside while having to deal with the appropriate discipline for their behavior. “I like you, but go take your punishment and get back in my class ASAP because I want you here, not somewhere else” was my approach. I had a fairly high Emotional IQ which many of the teachers did not have. Over the years I acquired a reputation as being a “cool” teacher, and kids flocked to me not only in class but to the various after-school groups I sponsored. Even while still teaching I got lots of positive feedback from the kids, which often is hard to do with teenagers, and I got even more when I retired and started making friends on Facebook from my pool of approximately 6,500 former students. I now have literally hundreds of fans on Facebook, many of them saying I was their favorite teacher or class, they stayed in school because of me, or never skipped my class because they enjoyed it so much. Recently I visited a former student who is now a happily married mother and an active part of her religious community. She confessed that she failed my horticulture class on purpose so that she could take it over and be with me again. Turns out she and her brother were going through some rough times in high school with the loss or separation of one or both of her parents and had no safe place to be. So, I too had an epiphany: after all those years of self-doubt and inferior feelings, I realized that my contribution in my career was to relate to and respect my students as a whole person and to guide them through those most difficult years as a teenager in high school.

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