Semper Fidelis, verbatim, vice versa, magna cum laude, pro bono, per diem, fac simile, bona fide, et cetera (etc.)
These are great examples of how Latin is omnipresent (another e.g. – exempli gratia.) So you see, Latin is a part of our everyday lives but I am not writing this post to elaborate on the virtues of a “dead” language.
Rather, I want to share with you that every experience we have can, and usually will, be useful at some time in our life.
Did I ever think that sitting in Ms. Lyon’s 5th period Latin 1 class would ever help me in life? Certainly not at that time!
However, today I received a grade of 98% on my first exam in Medical Terminology – my first class toward a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Somewhere deep in my brain (covered with 30 years of dust) was a knowledge of Latin prefixes, root words, and suffixes that helped me in my exam today.
I’m 47 years old. “You’re going back to college? Are you crazy or just plain stupid?”
Neither. Do I have self-doubt? Yes. Am I scared? You bet, mostly of Chemistry.
My test result gave me an exhilarating feeling of hope. I’m not crazy. I’m not stupid. I can do this!
So what is it that you may be struggling with? Trying to quit smoking. Want a more rewarding job. Want to learn how to play guitar. Raising a child while in your 40s.
You have it within you to accomplish what you desire – within reasonable expectations. By that I mean, hitting Powerball for a gazillion dollars is not a reasonable expectation.
You have knowledge, you have experience, and you have life skills. You have what you need to overcome self-doubt and self-defeating internal chatter like, “My hands are too small to play guitar. I can’t read music. I’ve smoked all my life. I’ve always been fat.”
Our body, mind, and spirit are capable of achieving much more than we give ourselves credit.
Yesterday, I recalled a simple conversation I had with a friend nearly 20 years ago during a “rough patch” in my emotional life. I was meeting with one of my Health Coaching clients and I recognized that she is currently in the same emotional space I was 20 years ago. I offered the same analysis that I had received oh so long ago.
She said, “Wow! that makes perfect sense. I never thought about it like that.” My brain stored a casual conversation, knowing that it would eventually have value.
My point is that no moment is unimportant. Every experience is a teacher. Our simple existence is important.
So please, believe in yourself. Believe that you are perfectly capable of overcoming obstacles and achieving your desires.
It will be good for you, and I promise, it will be good for someone else in the world too.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.