To define me, you may need words like vivacious or zestful. Holl’up! I think I prefer zingy. Well, I just learnt that word, so it was compulsory I use it. Yeah! Call me yeye but Dami calls it Vocabulary Building. However, the gist is that I am high-spirited which makes it easier to identify my dull moments. Dark skin, stressed and soon-to-shut eyes plus a short-lived laughter are permanent features of my dull moments.
They are very rare moments but not on this particular night. The weather was too good, hence, it was my night of getting a beauty sleep but it was just a wish. I was obviously worried. I needed a “thinking breakthrough”. It was about my favourite group, teenagers. I have invested time, brain and mostly strength teaching them. All I wanted was my long-awaited reward. Every teachers dream; “that through actions the students will show that learning has taken place.”
Dang! The idea surfaced, “what if I teach on opportunity?”
You guessed right, it was not a classroom teaching but a psychosocial support given to these smart teens. (I better not port from the koko, biko back to the idea). The idea lighted up my almost darkened hope, hence I found sleep though in a rather beastly than beauty way.
The day was here. I remember walking down the stairs confidently, with my blank papers and pencil colours.
Placing a two sided blank paper and three different colours of pencils in front of each person, I gave the instruction, “however, you want to use the sheet, you have 5 minutes to draw whatever you wish.” The countdown began!
I gathered their works and holding up the papers, I said; “I just gave you a blank cheque, how well have you used it?” Some of them screamed, asking for another chance while some were too proud to ask and the few remaining didn’t just get my point.
Everyday is an opportunity given to us but most times, we don’t just get it. It is more like every other day, so we less appreciate the day and the Creator.
“Today is an opportunity to get better don’t waste it.” -Anonymous
Hi “best of you”, do you recognise a Blank Cheque when you see it? Funny enough, my aim was to teach opportunity but somehow, I have taught Quality, Time Management, Critical Thinking, Appreciating Achievements, Defeat of Fear (or Courage) and Satisfaction. (There could be many more).
Handing a blank paper to them and not restricting them from using the other blank side, I have given them OPPORTUNITY. I asked them to draw of which it must have restricted some who don’t have the skill but they still drew. Defeat of Fear or Courage! When such opportunity comes, one must in fact choose to draw creative and unique object, hence thinking outside the box is automatically an option. Critical Thinking! Furthermore, there was a Five Minutes count down. Time Management! The three colouring pencils were tickets to a colourful world, hence, it will give life to the art when used wisely. Quality! When I exposed the true meaning of the exercise, some wanted theirs back, they weren’t at all satisfied. Satisfaction!
At the end, I handed the papers to the owners and said “critically observe what you have drawn, do you appreciate it? Your Strength, Time, Creativity and Love are embedded in it. Appreciate it and anticipate for a better one (which of course requires more hard work).” Appreciating Achievement!
Ayn Rand said; “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”
Recognize them, seize them and make the very best out of them. They are your BLANK CHEQUE!!!