This last week brought a culmination to his celebrations. The month has been filled with mountain climbing experiences, bowling, travels, movies, archery, community service events, hiking, woodworking and dining. Of particular mention is the dining part. My family loves for me to cook jollof rice for celebrations. For his birthday, my husband asked for something different. He wanted asaro; a meal he used to eat with his father during his years. It’s always the simple things that keep us well grounded.
Of special note was our mountain climbing experiences. As we were ascending uphill, nothing was visible. Not the body of water surrounding where we were or the nearby homes. The scenery was not too welcoming. However, once we reached the climax of the mountain, we saw things differently. We could see the breath taking surrounding landscape and the world around us. What a beauty to behold! Seeing the beauty brought such depth of thankfulness to my soul. These mountain climbing experiences quickly reminded me of life in general. It is in the mundane that we gather strength to appreciate the climax. The destination is important. In fact many would say the destination is the success. However the lessons learned through the process and journey towards the destination are also part of the success. These are the hallmark of character, the building blocks of an unshakeable essence, the dexterity of a fine-tuned focus and the thrill of satisfaction.
So educator friends, as the semester gets hectic with testing and end of year must-dos, determine to find the “gold” in the arduous process. Yes, the destination is ahead. However, what you gather along the way will make the destination much sweeter and fulfilling. Cheering you on to the finish line! Love & Blessings!!
"Dear friends, you must never become tired of doing right." - 2 Thessalonians 3:13