Life is full of choices.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Life is full of choices.
Everyday we are faced with many, many choices.
Some of our choices will be great, some, may cause us setbacks, hardship or even pain.
This afternoon, I am thinking about 2 students that I had chats with today.
I know I don't have the full story on either of these students, yet I can't help make comparisons.
Two very different conversations, yet my basic advice was the same.
To one, it was an admonition to work hard and start making better choices.
To the other, it was an encouragement to continue to work hard and continue to make good decisions.
One student I know very little about, but I know he is connected with his family and has been given repeated chances to make a fresh start. He has been given every possible opportunity to get an education and to prepare himself for an honest life.
In spite of all of the breaks, he seems to have repeatedly taken the "easy" road, and has now at 16, closed the doors to being educated in at least 2 different cities' school boards.
The other student is a young girl who has been in foster care from the age of 7, she is about to change homes for over the 20th time. She has lost touch with all of her biological siblings and parents...it would seem she has not been given very many opportunities at all in life.
In fact, it would seem, she has been robbed of many.
This girl refuses to be another "stat", she has great goals and seems to be a hard worker. She has refused the easy road, even when it has been handed to her.
She has challenged herself beyond what she thought she could do...and she is making it.
As we spoke, and she shared her dreams with me, some pretty big ones that she had down sized somewhat, but even still, dreams that I would be proud to have a daughter of mine pursue.
I encouraged this girl to pursue her "adjusted dream", as it seemed more attainable to her, but to not let go of the original dream, because with the experience she would gain in her pursuits, she could line herself up very favorably to attain her BIG dream should it still be a desire.
If that remains her dream...I have a real strong feeling, she will attain it.
So what is the difference between these two students?
I am sure there are many, but the one that will make all the difference?
It's a little cliche, but so true, taking what ever life throws our way and choosing to use it as a stumbling block or a stepping stone...
Personally, I want to choose stepping stones!