I think I was nine, when she challenged me to learn to recite from memory, in seven days, Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night, villanelle poem. And, on the third day of my challenge, in my ninth attempt, I missed my lines, again.

Elson's Lessons

Sensing my frustration, she looks me in the eye and says “My Philosopher Warrior King, in your journey, of learning your tenets, winning your wars, and building your kingdoms, remember with each practice comes progress, not perfection. So, never give up the need to practice. I am sure tomorrow your lines will flow better.”

And, like a sibyl with her words, on the 6th day, my recitation of the poem could be mistaken for arrogance.

Presently, my only pets are my Aleo Vera and Spathiphyllum plants – If they count as pets. Where I never cease to practice tenderness and care each time I come in close proximity with other people’s pets.

For today’s #MondayMotivation, I have come to learn that for any skill or attribute you desire, it is your burden of responsibility to seek out the opportunities and avenues to practice the skill or attribute.

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