Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

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Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

Perspective is easily gained with a teachable spirit after being exposed to individuals who work very hard in life, but will obviously reach a point where there is a barrier to achieving their dreams. Teaching English as a Second Language at Highline Community College, one of my students was a psychologist who left his office and work in Mexico to come to the U.S. and learn English so that he could return to his country and make a better living. Oscar reflects:

When I read about people who worked hard to achieve what they have (for instance, Oscar de la Hoya), I wonder why nobody writes about people who work as hard as “the winners” or even harder and do not have anything. I think it is easier when you are working hard and getting what you work for than when you are working hard and getting nothing. –Oscar

Dreamweaver International has several projects to assist the Maasai in the Kimana Rift Valley, Kenya, June 2014.

Dreamweaver International has several projects to assist the Maasai in the Kimana Rift Valley, Kenya, June 2014.

Can you relate to his ideas?

  • What about the African boxers who did not have sponsors but became champions, and who were much better than Oscar de la Hoya?
  • What about the woman who wakes up every single morning at 4:30 a.m. to make tortillas to sell in the street by the market door of my town in order to send her three children to school, and who, by the way, does not know where is her husband?
  • Where are the books about the Cuban people living under Fidel Castro’s government and all its injustices? –Oscar
Montana and Lilian in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya, June 2014.

Montana and Lilian in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya, June 2014.

What about Lilian Moonka who is the top of her class and a superb athlete, but has no money to continue her education in high school?

I admire the winners, but for me, it is more amazing when I see people getting no Corvettes, 1.5 million dollars or TV interviews, and still working hard every day.

–Oscar, Highline Community College, 2005

Montana's grandmother, Sandy Taylor, Montana, and her dad, Dr. Warren Bruhl, at the public market in Kimana, Kenya, May 2014.

Montana‘s grandmother, Sandy Taylor, Montana, and her dad, Dr. Warren Bruhl, at the public market in Kimana, Kenya, May 2014.

Thank you, Oscar, for your perspective. Montana Bruhl recently visited Kenya with her father, Dr. Warren Bruhl, and discovered she had the same teachable spirit as Oscar. Montana reflects:

What I have been thinking a lot about since I got back from Kenya is the value of a dollar. I keep comparing the money I spend on daily needs (i.e. food, parking, gas, etc.) to what else it could be spent on for a person in need. $1,500 can be spent on a designer purse, and with that same amount of money, Lilian could attend high school for four years in Kenya.

Montana and Lilian in Kenya, June 2014.

Montana and Lilian in Kenya, June 2014.

What value does the teachable spirit in Oscar and Montana find in hard working individuals like Lilian?

  • an indomitable spirit
  • courage
  • desire
  • hope
  • inspiration
  • encouragement

What are the obstacles Lilian faces?

Like many 15 year olds, Lilian Moonka faces challenges every day. Different from the struggles that a typical U.S. teenager encounters, Lilian‘s challenges are a story of survival. As one of seven children and the only girl in her family, she has had to fight to get an education. Girls in Kenya are not looked at in the same regard as they are in the U.S. In their case, education is seemingly irrelevant to their development. Beyond middle school, many families do not encourage (or have the resources) to further their daughters’ educations. Consequently, young girls will be married off in exchange for cattle and become a mother.

Montana and Lilian at Enkii Primary School, Kimana, Kenya, June 2014.

Montana and Lilian at Enkii Primary School, Kimana, Kenya, June 2014.

What are Lilian’s desires?

Lilian, however, dreams of a better life for herself. She wants to be a pilot some day and hopes to continue her education beyond 8th grade. Unfortunately, her current financial situation does not allow for this. With an 85 year old alcoholic father who abandoned the family years ago and an aging mother, there is no reliable flow of income in her family. The little money that does come in is provided by her oldest brother and is barely enough to put food on the table. Needless to say, there is no money to help Lilian continue her education.

Seeing how hard working Lilian was motivated Montana upon returning home to begin creating a way to raise money for her to continue her education in high school. Montana reflects:

Montana interviewing Lilian for a better understanding of her situation, Kimana, Kenya, June 2014.

Montana interviewing Lilian for a better understanding of her situation, Kimana, Kenya, June 2014.

My intention with this fundraiser is to make it possible for her to attend high school. With $1,500, she would be able to enroll in all four years of high school. Currently, she is at the top of her class and a star track competitor. She recently represented her school in the District championship and placed 2nd! Amongst her classmates, she is a leader. I can tell that her peers look up to her and value her intelligence, poise, and talent.

Montana and her grandmother, Sandy Taylor, who established the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies in Kimana, Kenya with her husband, Ken Taylor, June 2014.

Montana and her grandmother, Sandy Taylor, who established the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies in Kimana, Kenya with her husband, Ken Taylor, June 2014.

Follow Montana on Razoo as she raises money for Lilian‘s schooling.

Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International today for further information on how you can assist Montana to raise money for Lilian’s education.

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