Lessons Learned by Dr Allan Hunter
Further lessons from a very small child:
Eye contact matters.
Sometimes running to the store to pick up milk and eggs can be a great adventure. Those shopping carts are really a lot of fun.
Table manners are overrated. So what if a bit of mess happens? Enjoy the food.
Naps are good. Anyone who’s cranky probably needs one.
If you bounce around and have fun it frees up a lot of things (even if it’s only your stroller breaking loose from its moorings…..)
Sometimes, as a baby, I know stuff I can’t put into words. But I still know it.
Whatever you do I will imitate, if only for a while.
There’s always something to smile or laugh about, just because it’s fun.
You’ll fall down and bump your head. Don’t focus on it. There’s plenty more interesting stuff to do.
Some things are hard, like learning to walk. But if you stick with it you’ll get it soon enough. Giving up isn’t an option.
Play with the toys you want to play with. Don’t play with what anyone thinks you ought to have if you don’t feel like it.
It’s good to have a quiet corner to call your own. Claim one.
He is a full professor of Literature at Curry College, a counselor, and his doctoral degree in literature is from Oxford University. British by birth, he traveled extensively in Europe, India, Africa, and India before settling in Boston, Massachusetts.
Three of his books seek to show readers how to use writing as a therapeutic and life-enhancing tool. They are all based in workshops he has taught for over thirty years (The Sanity Manual, Life Passages, and Write Your Memoir). In each case the emphasis is on using writing and story to reach a place a deeper understanding and peace. His other books have explored the way six specific archetypes recur in the 3000 years of the western world’s great literature; Stories We Need to Know, The Six Archetypes of Love, and Princes, Frogs and Ugly Sisters: The Grimm Brothers’ Healing Tales. He concludes that these archetypes are ways for us to contact the deep structures of the psyche.
His tenth book, The Path of Synchronicity, asks us to consider what it is the universe seems to nudge us to do, rather than what we think will make us famous or wealthy. As such times we move into the flow of synchronicity.
He followed this with Spiritual Hunger in which he asks us to consider how we can feed our inner need for relevance in a mass culture, and how we can choose healthy possibilities rather than those sold to us by large corporations.
His most recent work is Gratitude and Beyond – an exploration of how gratitude is just the beginning to the journey of self-discovery. Following a brush with death I describe how I learned, the hard way, lessons I needed to know so that I could live more harmoniously in the world.