Each of us brings light to the world. We are the bearers of that light. Each light is on a spectrum with billions upon billions of colors. We are unique. The light we bring fills the world around us and makes the world a new color each day. Later in life, my father moved towards Buddhism. He found peace in the philosophy and teachings of the religion. I suspect, the loving pictures he captured (shared today) show that transition. The light my father brought to the world, beyond the light he captured in his pictures was Adjan. Adjan is Thai for the honored teacher. It doesn’t mean the same thing as a teacher. In the US, a teacher is a job and often forgotten. Who taught you to read?
Do you remember the name of the teacher that introduced you to reading? To the concept of shooting a basketball or swinging a golf club? Do you honor that person quietly each time you stop, swing, stop the shoot, paint a picture, or capture the perfect picture? Do you remember the person that opened that door for you? That first teacher? The second teacher? The teacher that reached out and found you where you were? Adjan is an honorific. It means more than the person that taught me to read. Although an Adjan could teach you to read, and many that do, are given the honorific. It is an honor to be called Adjan, and my father loved that honor.
None of us, solo and alone make ourselves. We certainly can believe that, that we made us. We made who we are without help. But that is vanity. The truth is, no one makes themselves. Be it negative or positive; we all grow from influence. We are a compilation of the lessons taught. We are the memories of reading Dick and Jane. See spot run! Dr. Suess or many others. The door that teachers opened for us. But all of us also know that there is adjacent in our life. Adjan is an honored teacher that made us who we wanted to be. For me, it was my father, my grandfather, my mother all Adjani for me. But it was also two separate teachers in high school and several professors at college.
Those who open doors that are never closed should be honored with Adjan. It is more than merely being a teacher.