For this 2nd night of Chanukah, the focus is on the experiences that helped shape who you are right now. For the 1st night, we lit one candle for one person who had a huge impact on your life. Now we turn to experiences.
What 2 experiences in your life helped mold who you are – how you think, walk through life, what you believe.
Here are mine. I hope you will add yours in the comments.
- My graduate school degree in education at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where I learned about group dynamics & systems. That deep knowledge has become the thread that informs everything I do. It was also where I learned about creating community and safe emotional environments. The School of Ed was where I learned about the education of the soul and read Paulo Freire – Education for Critical Consciousness. It was also where I met my husband Ely 🙂
- The other experience was the birth of my boys. There was a moment at each birth that I thought I was going to die from the pain (I had no drugs.) I had two competing thoughts about this – one was that I couldn’t endure it and the other was my cheerleader voice saying – you got this. This experience taught me that I am stronger than I think. (And with two huge gifts at the end!) It was also a real-life reminder that the only way to the other side is walking through the pain.
What about you?
What 2 experiences in your life helped form who you are??
One candle has the power to light up the darkness. One person has the power to light up our lives.
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