It had me in awe, in tears and with utmost respect for this man and for his comrades; or brothers as some in the armed forces tend to lovingly refer to the men who walk shoulder to shoulder with them and make calculated risks to keep themselves and their group safe whilst completing their mission.
In the past I would’ve watched this. Barely. It would’ve held interest but not hit the emotional triggers it did tonight or has been doing for the past 12 months at least. Why the change? To be honest I didn’t have and still don’t fully understand the military. I wasn’t brought up with it. Yes my grandfather was in world war II but he doesn’t really like to talk about it, my dad didn’t have a lot of information growing up for us so it just wasn’t discussed. There have been other connections to the armed forces but I just really didn’t comprehend the role that these services played and I didn’t have the desire to find out.
It’s interesting who and what gets introduced to your life path. I was given a teacher I would never have even considered.
Sam, my cousin as I wrote about here and here entered the Defence force straight from secondary school. At the time I was like a big WTF. So many questions and no comprehension as to why he would make such a decision. But I did only what I knew to do which was to support his decision. I didn’t have to understand. I just had to love him enough so that he knew I was always there for him. Being as he was just heading out of his teens into his 20’s he didn’t care what I thought but that’s okay. It’s not what he got out of this interaction from me that taught me, it’s what I received out of this relationship.
So much understanding, not just from him but making connections with others that I wouldn’t have, had I not been in this situation. Serendipitous is an appropriate description.
Sam taught me about the strength of relationships, about trusting in a much higher source, about some of the essence of the armed forces and what it means to serve for your country and with those brothers. Sam didn’t sit me down and explain all of this. It was mostly through his actions and our brief conversations. Sam has always acted his age, even younger at times. I’m sure I’ve even heard him say “here for a good time not a long time” so it’s not as if he is the reflective type or wanting to share knowledge. In saying that, Sam appears a normal 22 year old now that he’s returned and he is off doing the usual things one does after a long deployment. although his cellular, spiritual, emotional and soul structure has shifted.
I think what struck me the most is you can’t choose who your “teachers” will be for lessons or areas in your life. They just arrive and you know you’ve been given a teacher if it ignites reflection and revelation. What also shifted some of my paradigms is the age in which your teacher can be. I have mentioned before about my children being my teachers. This I take as a given. But others when I look outward for learning I look to those older and experienced. This again highlighted the “teacher” can be any age.
I’m grateful my cousin pressed those buttons. I wouldn’t have appreciated Ben Roberts-Smiths story if he hadn’t. Interestingly, Ben and Sunday on 7 mentioned Sgt Matthew Locke. A lovely twitter friend a few months back highlighted this soldier who had lost his life serving in 2007 and promoted his cause, I mentioned The Grub Club on Facebook a little while back. It’s terrible Ben lost such a close mate but this organisation that has been set up and supported in Matthew’s honour speaks volumes of the respect people had for this man.
My teachers have amazed with the insights and reflections I have had and the growth they have provided to me. They may not even know they’ve been teaching me. Ben Roberts-Smith thank you. You are now included in my staff roll of 2012. Namastè. I may not be able to get to the heights and challenges of life threatening work you have undertaken but I sure as hell am going to embrace yours and the regiments motto “Who dares wins”.
In angel speak or translation of this motto, Aine reinforces the need to take a leap of faith, maintain Diana’s focused intention and channel the divine goddess Freyja.
I’m grateful for my teachers. I look forward to new teachers coming into my life for the remainder of the year.
Have you ever learnt from a “teacher” you weren’t expecting to learn from. Is there someone who blew you out of the water when you realised what you were learning from this person? Any one really interesting?