July – 2020
What are Your Teachable Moments?
“Barefoot Season?” No, not yet.
Is it possible there was a reason that I was taught to wait for the right time to go barefoot during the summer? My mother certainly thought it was necessary. Going barefoot was one of my fun things to do, as I shared in the Chapter, “Barefoot Season.” I learned “for everything there is a season,” including when I could go barefoot.
Today, as we move forward and walk into the unknown, we ask, “is it time to go freely?” No, not yet. A COVID-19 pandemic can teach us many lessons if we are open to learning. For some reason, I am reminded of the childhood lesson, “no, not yet” for going barefoot. Today I think about it when I get ready to hug and shake hands with someone, “no, not yet.” May I go without a mask? “No, not yet.” Whether I go barefoot at the right time when the earth is warm, and the snowball bushes bloom, I have to decide. If I don’t want to hear, “no, not yet,” I need to consider what is essential to do now for myself and others. Wearing a mask isn’t all that difficult to do.
Question for you: What were you taught as a young person that you can apply today?