Teach, Learn, Live

Life can be a college education if we allow it.  The teachings of life leave a lasting impression, and impacts who we are, the go-to thoughts we think, and the automatic reactions we have.

Each encounter we have with another person can be a moment to learn something new.  Just as we learn, we teach too.  Whether you are in agreement or disagreement, an interaction can teach you many things.  Sometimes we learn new lessons on a subject or perhaps a new perspective; sometimes we learn what we will and won’t accept, teaching us more about ourselves; and sometimes we learn how we never want to behave!  We can allow these encounters to be teachers, or we can turn off our ability to learn and remain oblivious. while you teach you learn

Whatever you are going through right now, embrace the lessons in the experience.    The lessons determine how we move forward in life.  Every moment is a moment to learn, to grow, to heal.  Each person we meet, video we watch or book we read, can be a moment to teach us something new about ourselves or about life.  The lessons we take from those moments, and what we do with those lessons, determine our path forward.

Take a moment to look back on your life and see if you can identify your greatest teacher.  Perhaps it was a person, an experience or a moment that impacted you.  Think about an impactful experience you have had.

  • What was the lesson you learned from this? 
  • Was the lesson you took from it positive and forward moving, or was it a negative that formed a layer of armor and protection for yourself? 
  • How did knowing this lesson influence you as you moved forward in life?  
  • Does this lesson serve you? 
  • Did it ever serve you?    
  • Can you look at this experience again, with grace and compassion about both the experience and yourself and take a lesson from it that can be healing?
  • Can you let go of any thoughts born out this experience that perhaps do not serve you, and rather choose to bring in thoughts that are for your highest good?

Just as we learn from others, we become their teachers too.  Sometimes you share a few words with a person, perhaps the clerk at the grocery store or a client.  Those words, that particular encounter, have forever changed them.  This constant change from learning to teaching influences the environment around us.  We can lift up those around us.  We can allow others to lift us up too.

We teach, we learn, we grow, and we evolve.  That is life. 

Who or what has been your greatest teacher and what lesson did you learn that has brought a positive impact to your life?

Many Blessings




This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022