When we share our emotions, our dreams, our fears, our efforts, our pain, our hopes, and our joys, we open up powerful opportunities for others to learn. Life experience is a master teacher and when we share our experiences, we empower others. Life is too short not to take advantage of all the free resources around us. In this blog, I share what I have experienced in life simply, because I can...
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at
it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are
those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” ~Oprah
Yes! I own the moment!
This is how I feel now. The results are in and I
have passed all my subjects of my Bachelor of
Education Honours degree for Teaching and Learning. Believe me,
this feeling is extremely good!
Needless to say, this is not how I felt
in October 2013 when I started this long journey to self-discovery.
It was on this specific journey where I
discovered how I felt about accumulating
knowledge. I discovered that under pressure, I could stretch my levels of
endurance to new boundaries. I also discovered that studying again for the
first time in 26 years was a daunting task. Life around me continued normally
and it was expected of me to be normal and stay the same.
Nothing stayed the same.
Relationships became tentered like
milled cloth on a wooden frame. Time was personified in all my experiences,
inflicting pressure for me to perform at my best as a wife, mother, daughter,
teacher, friend, colleague ... Even my emotions were shape-shifting into
different creatures inside me. I was constantly dueling for dominance trying to
triumph over every single one of them: fear, anger, self-pity, jealousy,
hatred, joy (the list goes on). Yes, even the positive emotions at times seemed
to be my worst adversaries.
The most important thing that I
learned on this journey is that I have changed. My perspectives have changed. I
see life and teaching and education differently now.
Here, at last, I stand with the
Bachelor of Education Honours degree for Teaching and Learning. It was a three-year course that I completed in two years, not by choice; I was never
informed that I could complete it in three years. Nevertheless, it's
I own the moment!
The saying that we reap what we
sow is true. Hard work and commitment do pay off. But, to be fair, in the future,
if I have to choose between writing a novel and studying for a degree, I will
choose writing a novel.
"Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works and glorify your
Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
Let your light shine!
This is what many of us were
taught by our parents and teachers. At Sunday school, many of us had
the opportunity to sing the song:
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine ...
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.
As 2015, the International Year of Light, draws to
an end, we may find - in full retrospect of the year - that we
didn't "shine" as much as we initially wanted to. Then again,
maybe we did. Maybe we excelled in doing so. Whatever the case may be, whether
we're living the annual theme or striving to "shine" as Christians,
it's not about what we did or how we did it. It's more about how much we grew
in process. It's all about improvement.
I found this picture and just loved the
Everything has a crack in it. That's how the
light gets in.
Had we been perfect, there would be no cracks. And that's just it. We're not
perfect. Our imperfection has made us weak. Our minds are filled with ego, fear
and desire. In this state, we need His light for strength to carry on with
We don't have to be perfect to walk in His light.
It's a choice really! We choose to shine and we choose to allow His light in.
It's all about moving forward and becoming better (change, growth,
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves. ~