Paul’s Trip to St. Ambrose University

Dear Ash, Seth, McKahl, Sydney, Hannah, Maria, Kaitlyn, Claire and Professor Teresa Bechen –

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” This quote eloquently reiterates many of the topics we covered when I visited your class. The path that lies in front of you is for you and you alone, no one else can walk it for you, just as your relationship to God/Source/Spirit is personally yours. Every person’s journey in this life is unique, their reflections and thoughts are their own, but we all have worth, and no life holds greater value over another.

The profession you have chosen to pursue is vital in shaping the hearts and minds of our future. I meant what I told you when we first began our discussion: You are all my heroes. I ask each and every one of you to hold true to the reasons why you decided to become a teacher. Whatever intuition you feel, calling you hear, or hunch you sense, listen to it and embrace it, without fear or reservation. Walk in faith, not in fear.

Finally, know that there will be times where you will feel beat down and unappreciated. Thoughts of throwing in the towel will come to the fore. But don’t give up. The fact is we are never alone, we all face uncertainty and doubt, and we must trust that there is no challenge we cannot overcome. Find strength in your weakness to persevere through all hardships. When things get especially difficult, and you struggle terribly to find a solution, remember the four words that form the foundation of it all: the answer is love.

I genuinely thank you for the time we spent together and the engaging and thoughtful conversation we enjoyed. Please don’t ever hesitate dropping me a line to let me know how things are going or just to say hi ( I wish you all the very best and much success tomorrow and always!

Sincerely Yours,