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Little loquat lessons

This afternoon, I took a break from studying and decided to call some kids in the neighborhood to pick some plums from our loquat tree in the backyard.

Suddenly, our compound was filled with youthful squeals, laughter and conversations between the kids. It was a great experience to see both boys and girls climb onto the tree and work in teams to ensure that the toddlers below also got their share of loquat plums.
It was also fun to hear them call me, “Teacher! Teacher!”

The natural coordination displayed by the kids impressed me a lot and I wish that adults could learn from them. The older and stronger kids were at the top of the tree reaching for the ripest of fruit. The younger ones held onto buckets at the bottom to gather fruit from the kids at the top.

After collecting enough plums, the older kids ensured that the younger ones had a good amount of plums before they took their bucket shares. I monitored them as they washed their fruit and hands at the garden tap – the older kids helped the younger ones to wash their hands. With wide smiles on their faces and the after-tree-climbing energy, they showed me their new wealth of fruit and said, “Thank you teacher!”
O, my heart just melted ^_^

I am so glad that today, despite the kids calling me, “Teacher,” I really got to be the student by watching the beautiful acts of kindness and impressive team work by the little treasures called children in my neighborhood.

When was the last time you learned a valuable lesson from a child?

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Learning to Wait

I had been wondering why my loquat tree hasn’t yet bloomed with tasty fruit like the other trees I saw on Monday as I walked home.

This was yet another revelation of human impatience that is often triggered by comparison.
But then I remembered that the other loquat trees had a mix of ripe fruit, raw fruit and others still in the process if blooming flowers.

Such is the case with my journey of life. It can’t always be harvest time 24/7.

There are some areas in my life where I am experiencing harvest season, some areas where I am experiencing a season of loss, some areas where I am experiencing a season of planting and yet some areas where I am experiencing the most difficult season of waiting.

Just like my loquat tree, I am experiencing a mix of seasons that don’t look appetizing from the outside. But with time and patience, the mixed seasons will expose that there had always been something great at work.

If you thought that God doesn’t reveal Himself to us through nature, think again. I learned about Him this week through observing my loquat tree.

I hope this tale encourages you to be patient regardless of the mess your life might look like at the moment.

God is at work in your life despite the mix of seasons. Just trust Him and He will not let you down.

Why compare your purpose with others’ lives? We are all uniquely destined in the eyes of God. Each tree has its unique moment within a season.

Today, I saw some flowers bloom on my loquat tree. Looks like it’s moment has come.

Love and Sunshine,
Ayuma.

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