I don’t have time to journal today. I am preparing lesson plans for my psychology students, printing library memes to laminate, reading 6 lengthy articles as nourishment to my academia, setting up a video presentation for grad school that has to be narrated and embedded into the discussion board by Sunday, and looking at grading 32 video-taped mock interviews + Venn Diagrams and APA-style reference pages… all ready to be set up against my rubrics and assessed by yours truly.
That’s for starters.
But I find that in the middle of this beautiful workload, I want to reflect on the “launch” that I gave my students as they left my class and walked out into their worlds for the weekend.
Ubuntu, as you can read in the picture, is a gracious, beautiful way that some Africans have of dealing out forgiveness and forward-thinking when someone makes a drastic mistake. A chance to re-set. An opportunity to be “seen” and validated as a human with flaws but enormous capabilities for personal evolution and growth. This is special. This is rare. Not shame, not punishment… but a new chance to re-think one’s worth and contributions to the world.
I had the chance to share this concept with over 60 humans today, and I encouraged them to take the word “Ubuntu” and turn it into a verb. Go out and ubuntu someone this weekend. Give them a chance. Give them grace. YOU go out and turn YOUR world upside down.
I have the highest hopes and dreams that this act of encouragement will grow and be MY little act of improving a corner of the world that will eventually expand out through my students.
It’s why I do what I do. The passion is real.
Now, to get back to the meat and potatoes, the grueling hours of real work & preparation that lie under the iceberg of teaching in those glowing moments when eyes get wider or even a little bit teary when they learn something as precious as this concept.
“Dit is die moeite werd.” – Afrikaans
It is worth it.