Let me tell you a story.
A youth, full of exuberance and vitality, comes across a bully. The bully forces the youth into situations which cause anger and resentment.
The youth, unable to best the bully, recedes and contracts inward. Afraid of the bully, decisions are made, paths taken.
The youth reads and tries to understand the bully, but is unable. The youth knows the bully is strong and the youth is not. What does he do?
The youth witnesses Boxing. Two strong men communicating with fists seems violent and scary, but intriguing. How can they get so strong?
The youth finds a Boxing coach. He asks, "Could you make me strong?"
The coach replies, "Put on these gloves and let's see what you have now."
The youth obeys.
The coach instructs the youth by telling him facts about boxing.
The youth hears, listens, but fails to understand.
The coach holds the bag while the youth strikes. The youth continues.
The coach instructs the youth with a running, weight lifting, jump rope and of course, bag work.
The youth trusts then obeys.
The coach enters the youth to a tournament. Time to compete.
The youth is not ready! Strength is still so elusive.
The youth wins. Trust in a teacher has born fruit. The youth is more 'strong' than the opponent.
The coach instructs the student to always relax and contact. When an opportunity arises, open yourself, expand then strike with rigidity.
Tournaments continue. The youth wins more than loses, but strength is still elusive.
The adult is no longer a youth and decides to retire from competition.
The adult has dense muscle, good balance, great reflexes and self confidence, but strength continues to be elusive.
The adult loves and understands Boxing then decides to open a gym. The student becomes the teacher.
The teacher works day in, day out with kids, teens and adults. One day, a young man with a black eye enters the gym, approaches the coach and asks, "What is it to be strong?"
The teacher replies, "You will have to answer that yourself. But for now, put on these gloves and let's see what you got."
A teacher can hold my hand, guide me, allow me to follow their path. Only when the student sees the path is teaching possible.
This is why the path is also called, 'The Way'.
To my kindred, keep spiraling.
I hope you enjoyed this. Somewhat off the top of my head.