Change is inevitable, needless to say. It isn’t just a verb nor a Science concept wherein a substance transforms from one phase to another. In the teaching profession, there’s more to it as “change” signifies a remarkable, heart-warming voyage. Along with change are worthwhile experiences, and each experience connotes a mileage of overwhelming achievement.
I change. I grow one second older as the clock ticks, a day wiser as the morning sun stretches out of the horizon. In the profession I am passionately engrossed with, each passing day is a golden avenue of learning, sharing and growing. I had been a classroom teacher for quite a number of fruitful years. Since then, I have always felt my transformation – my “metamorphosis” as I call it. I likened myself as a then developing caterpillar that gradually morphed into “butterflydom” — bold, unafraid to soar into greater heights of unfamiliar challenges.
You change. Just like little buds of red, nourished by time and nature yet to scintillate as bunch of lovely roses, you too, have your fair share of holistic transformation. I am referring in particular about those whose hearts and minds have been genuinely touched by the joys of the teaching-learning process. You are a product of change. For so long as education remains the building block of peace and progress, you will always be the concrete reflection of what noteworthy changes have taken shape in your society — the kind of society characterized by your growing desire for a humane co- existence with other individuals.
Everyone changes. How education brings about significant growth for each breathing organism is best compared to how the sunlight reaches the seabed to proliferate marine life deep down below. Despite the growing concern for algal bloom on the surface the sun’s rays make its way and penetrate through to keep the equilibrium of nature. Education is like a big ball of fire. It is the guiding light as everyone, regardless of age, gender, and culture, sojourns through the trail called life. It is the source of heat we need as the winds of social upheavals strike. Education makes every individual an advocate of change. And everyone is the “change” that the world longs for.
Everything changes. Our existence remains a field of wonder. That’s almost always constant. Other than that, everything is changing. Some changes could be hardly felt, others could be too pressing to forget. This is when the value of education sets in. We cannot really direct the wind if it blows remorseless, but we certainly can adjust our sails for a safer cruise. One word: change. It’s a matter of a change in perspective. It makes us discern and dwell on a more positive outlook.
I teach. I coach. I grow. I inspire. I advocate worthwhile changes.
Dwight Esenio F. Sun