A Lesson

“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

The seasons have something to teach us about life. Last week here in the Southeastern United States, we had a significant change in the weather. Last Sunday it was above 75 degrees, and you could still get away with wearing shorts outside. Then the next day, the temperature was barely 50 degrees. It went from warm to cold really quickly. At that moment, it went from feeling like the tail end of summer all the way to feeling like we were in the middle of fall. Seasons can change quickly, and everything can be different just like that.

Life has seasons. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is assuming one season is like the last one. It’s like trying to wear shorts in the middle of winter when it’s cold outside. It doesn’t usually work out. Too often we try to force what worked in the last season on the current season of life that we are in. I see this in education all the time. Everyone is trying to assume everything is just like it was before 2020, but it’s not even close to being the same. We have to give each season the respect it deserves by adapting and learning what works best.

I took these photos a few weeks ago at Freedom Park in Charlotte, N.C. This is one of my favorite parks to visit. It is filled with great views, ball fields, and some awesome places to hang out at. I typically ride my bicycle here from the Rail Trail. Getting here is easy because it is all downhill. Getting back home is a challenge because it is straight up. I have found a different route that takes me through Uptown that isn’t so bad.

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