A letter from a Mother’s Heart                07th January 2019


Times change. Values remain  

Dear High Achievers

Indeed times change but values remain. Our values inform a large part of who we are. Sharing with a group of enthusiastic youth who expressed their deep desire to achieve their dreams, I informed them that to achieve their dreams and maintaining the pursuit of these dreams the values they upheld were critical.

Write down your role model and establish why you would like to be like them, I challenged them. What stands out for you in regard to these people? These are some of the answers I got from them. These people were Godly, hardworking, smart, had self- confidence, excelled at their places of work, were respectful and had integrity. This was a profound a lesson for me that though the “times” have changed yet the values remain. We talk about the dot.com generation and a false impression is created that probably the values cherished by my generation and before no longer matter. Yet for the youth who would love to stand out from the crowd and be exemplary cherish the values I cherish.

Therefore, I implore you dear high achievers to take a keener look at the persons you admire and pick on the values they have embraced and practiced. It is a choice you could make to practice the same and soon there will be admiration from your peers. Don’t just talk about it be intentional in practicing their values that have made them splendid in your sight and attracted you to model what they do.  Eleanor Roosevelt said that “One’s philosophy is not expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”

As we live these values we begin to reflect on who we want to become. Aristotle one of the Greek philosophers stated that “Excellence is never an accident. It is always a result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice not chance determines your destiny.”  In other words the values we choose will inform our character in the long run. By simply practicing the values we cherish in the little things we do we implicitly develop. Becoming a commendable person just doesn’t happen by accident you have to be intentional about it. We should purpose to grow into better people as we learn from other excellent people every step of the way in our life’s journey. As we transform into that astounding person we shall not only live fulfilled lives but our polished individual selves will certainly be highly priced “commodities” in this cutthroat competitive world.

I wish you a great week and God’s blessings

Quote of the week

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.  Heraclitus

Alice Ddamulira

Director – St Mark’s College Namagoma