Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’


Today in my writing I reflected on these wise words from Confucius.  I want my wisdom to come from reflection as I have examined my life I realize that a lot of my wisdom has come from experience. 

As I have been teaching my memoir workshops I notice that my wisdom I have been accumulating over these last 3 and a half years has come from reflecting on the stories of the lives of my students.  I see now that I can grow and become all of what I need to be by learning from older, wiser women.

I am grateful for all the lessons life brings my way, especially the lessons I can learn from others that I may not have to go down those hard roads of experience.

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Be a gift…

This morning when I was driving home from yoga I saw a great license plate that said simply: Be a gift.  Hmmm, I love that!  Who doesn’t like to receive a gift, but how much better to be the gift!  The picture above is of one of my students Rochelle who is a snowbird.  Meaning she lives part of the time in Palm Desert and part of the year in Seattle.  I have been teaching Rochelle for about two years now and Rochelle is such a gift to me.  Not only does she write beautiful stories and poems, but after every class, she looks me in the eyes and says, “That was wonderful, great material.” (or something along those same lines!) 

I like to call Rochelle my Jewish mother.  She always dresses impeccable and has such great taste.  I know she is a gift to me and my life in so many ways.  I am excited that I will be spending 4 days with her up in Seattle teaching a workshop for her friends and I look forward to seeing her at her home.  So Rochelle, thank you for being such a great example of what it means to be a gift to another person.  You have gifted me with your love and wisdom for two years now and you are a great example of a woman who lives with grace and integrity.  I am so glad you are a part of my world.

Today in your writing list some ways that you can be a gift to others this week.  I have been working on my list and number one on my list is that today I am going to go visit my 93 year old student, Melitas and her “warden” Alba and I will be making them my famous and spectacular homemade Macaroni and Cheese by request.  If you remember the last time I made it for them was on Mother’s Day…can you believe they loved it so much they ate it for 4 or 5 days in a row??? Wow!!  Time to adjust my bow and head over to be a gift!

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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