A Monthly Inspirational Viewpoint of Life’s Journeys with Sonia Wignall
2022 was a challenging year for me, and I hope, a learning curve for all of you also. No matter how we experienced and ended the year, we are here, breathing with a new opportunity to “begin again”.
Our journeys are never easy, and often very challenging, but with each process we have the opportunity to learn something, change something, and transform internally.
For me many of my 2022 experiences reminded me of experiences I have had before. The biblical verse, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9. This was my 2022 song.
This is a powerful verse. As I meditated on what I was experiencing again, I was reminded that I survived this experience before, I am now wiser, stronger and have greater resources. I will survive this again and emerge even stronger and more resilient this time. There is simply no reason for me not to handle this experience better this time around.
What I need to do is consider, “why am I having this experience again, what do I need to master?”
God created us to have experiences, and mastery, Colossians 1:26. He gave us a way of escape, 1 Corinthians 10:13. He is the provider of wisdom, James 1:5. He has already overcome our trials, John 16:33. However, spiritual lessons, like academic lessons, must not only be heard, but must be understood, practiced and mastered.
For five years my son was a math student at Kumon, a very specific global independent system of learning, reading and math. No matter your school grade level, you will be Kumon tested, (both on speed and mastery), before placement in a specific starting level. You then must attain speed and mastery in that level before you can move on to the next level and so on.
Unlike some of our school systems, there is no “pass” in Kumon. In fact, my son was required to do 15-30 minutes of Kumon math daily throughout the year, yes, even while on vacation. That level of engagement was necessary for mastery.
The discipline my son experienced in Kumon served to prepare him well for golf. He started out shooting a 109. It took 3 years, (time), daily practice, (application) and the guidance of three coaches, (knowledge), and better clubs, (resources), for him to reach tournament level and place 1st,2nd,3rd, in the last 10 tournaments he entered. He was playing against other teens shooting in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Again, there was no pass. Understanding and mastering the use of all his clubs and the driver, learning to focus, strategize, play the long game, read the green and putt well was required. Like Kumon, when he put in the time to master the game, the results were outstanding.
So, as we start 2023, and “begin again” all resources are on the table. Some of us will have the same experiences again, some have mastered the experience(s) and will be moving on. Either way, choosing to acknowledge where we are, using the available resources needed to learn, study, practice, gain wisdom and apply knowledge is our portion to have.
So, let 2023 be our last year around the sun, having the same experience(s). Let’s all master the test before us so we can move on to the next challenge with wisdom, proficiency and joy.
“Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.”
“He who does not seize opportunity today, will be unable to seize tomorrow’s opportunity.” African Proverbs
By: Sonia M. Wignall
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