From Our Founder

Hi friends!

Last week, I shared this TED Talk by Raegan Hill, entitled “The Power of Kindness.” During the talk, she references a work of art by Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya. 

Goya drew this self-portrait toward the end of his life and included the words “Aún aprendo” in the top right corner. “Aún aprendo” is closely translated to English as “Still, I learn.” 

It is believed Goya was making the point that, even in his final days, he continued to learn. 

What a beautiful sentiment. It’s one I hope will be true of my own life as well.

In Reagan’s TED Talk, she shares Goya’s words as a powerful example of humility. I couldn’t agree more.

Humility is often defined as modesty or meekness. But I love the idea of describing humility as the practice of continual learning. 

I have been reflecting on the sentiment of lifelong learning as we head into this holiday week. Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to share a meal with loved ones and reflect on gratitude. However, the holiday comes with a complicated past, doesn’t it?

When I was in elementary school, I was taught a very white-washed view of our country’s history. I learned the early English settlers, who were referred to as “pilgrims” and Indigenous people, who were referred to as “Indians” were friends and that they merged their cultures together in a beautiful, harmonious way.

As I grew, I learned that this story is not accurate. As journalist, Debra Utacia Krol describes in this powerful re-telling of the story, Indigenous people did welcome the English settlers to their land, teaching them how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and helping them through their first harsh winter.

However, the English settlers viewed Indigenous people as inferior and proceeded to steal their land, attack their tribes, and push their religion upon them.

Sometimes, I am tempted to avoid or ignore the painful and embarrassing parts of our past. However, I’d like to begin to reframe this shame as an opportunity to acknowledge, learn, and correct course. 

I plan to reflect on Goya’s words, “still, I learn” this week, asking myself what truths I’ve yet to uncover and listening to/learning from voices that are representative of the full history of our country.

I’m curious – what are you still learning?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reflections if there is anything you’d like to share.

 

Warmly,

Rachel

 

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

CEO + Founder

Motivo

rachel@motivohealth.com 

 
 
 
 
 
Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the clinical supervision hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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