Who is the most inspiring teacher you ever had and why? How often do you think about what they taught you? How has it changed your life?
While he never taught me personally, I was in The Forum, in 1989. It was the revised version of Werner Erhard's 1970s est.
This was about a month prior to the discovery of a brain tumor and I have always credited the insights I gained from The Forum, with equipping me with resources I needed, to "dance" with that situation - then and since.
A huge change from the experience of being in The Forum had to do with learning the vital role that "acceptance" has, in the process of "change".
Here's a favorite quote of his:
You and I want our lives to matter. We want our lives to make a real difference - to be of genuine consequence in the world. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even if those motions make us successful, or even if we have arranged to make those motions pleasant. We want to know we have made some impact on the world. In fact, you and I want to contribute to the quality of life. We want to make the world work.
- Werner Erhard