Whoever said the words, “The journey never ends” was right on point. It does get tiring at times though, doesn’t it? There are points where we find ourselves shutting down and retreating within. There are even times when we feel like giving up and walking away. I’ve learned that it is at that very moment that our blessing is right around the corner, but it’s been a process to learn not to give up and just wait on the blessing. I’m glad I’ve seen this reality so often that, at this point, I don’t know how to not have faith or how to give up. Wisdom and knowledge are elusive—always just beyond one’s grasp. It is inevitable that just as we reach out to grab it, just as we become complacent in our knowledge, we realize wisdom is no closer than when we first began. The truth is that the more we understand, the more we realize there is to learn. The requirement to grow, stretch and expand our horizons will always exist. The real challenge lies in maintaining a quest for it. I realized, some years ago, that I was becoming a “know-it-all” who didn’t want to attend another professional development, hear another speaker or anything along those lines because, for goodness sake, I could teach the class myself! I’m grateful that it didn’t take me long to realize that I don’t know everything; I’m so far from it. I promised myself that I would always look for a lesson, some lesson, any lesson, no matter how small wherever I go and whatever I do. Because if the learning doesn’t take place, whose fault is that? Demonstrate a love for learning in your own life and watch as it is reflected back to you in the lives of your children and students.

Alia Henton-Williams
Director, 21st Century Programs

Ask for what you want, and then be prepared to get it. ~Maya Angelou