This inspirational comment recently showed up on-line, attributed to an Indigenous Australian artist, activist and teacher named Lila Watson (although she insisted that the quote be attributed to "Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970's,” because it was, apparently, “born of a collective process,” as she humbly put it).
Here’s the quote: "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
What immediately comes to mind is how contrary this is to the traditional “missionary” perspective. “I’m going to save you” begins with an attitude of superiority. Someone believes they are better, smarter, more civilized, than someone else and oh-so-nobly seeks to enlighten them.
Whole cultures have been obliterated with that mind set.
No. We are all evolving. And there is a synchronicity to our meeting. They say that when the student is ready the teacher appears. True enough, but if we reside in the identity of a teacher 24/7, we prohibit ourselves from learning anything. We are never students. We never even see the teacher.
In fact, we are all, always, students of life. Our growth (potentially) never ends. So, Watson’s statement is an invitation to shed superiority and share the learning process, to co-create and work together.
This quote can serve all of us but might be especially effective in Congress! Imagine our leaders working together with open minds and hearts, rather than coming from their set positions and fighting it out (at our expense)?
But that’s far away from this moment of writing and reading for you and me and our opportunity is now, to embrace the truth of these wise words and find ourselves being, simultaneously, both teacher and student in this school of life!