Diligence: “A steady, earnest, and energetic effort”
January and February, months where we can wane (in diligently leading/teaching our kids to see truth, beauty and goodness) with our kids in education. Either through lazy, begrudging, and humdrum effort on the one end of the spectrum. Rushed, uninspiring, and incessant effort at the other end. And the former usually sends us ping-ponging back to the latter, which can become a viscous cycle. Laziness leads us to hurriedness; yet neither of these lend themselves to steady, earnest, and energetic effort otherwise known as diligence. As we learn from the tortoise and the hare, it is not the fastest pace where our students don’t absorb, nor a laziness where nothing gets done, it is a steadiness that wins the race.
But let’s be honest, some days diligence diminishes and our efforts lack either a steadiness, earnestness, or energy. Often we expect the fruit diligence to just come with little to no cultivation, like the person who buys a house with fruit trees that they did not cultivate. But diligence needs cultivation. How do you cultivate this steady, earnest, and energetic effort in the midst of the mundane? What can an educator draw on to enflame such effort during these autumn and winter months of teaching? How do you transform your drudgery into diligence? Perhaps you are asking such questions now, then I would invite you to CES’s 2019 conference to cultivate diligence and be encouraged to diligently direct your children to truth, beauty, and goodness.