In order to reach the summit of the mountain, to cross the finish line, to ring the bell, we must endure setbacks. The manner in which we approach the obstacles we encounter is essential in fostering the life long skills of commitment, resilience and perseverance.
My students are learning these critical lessons as they move toward their May 7 premiere of the opera. From the first week of school, Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company has been singing a Congolese fishing song called O lé lé, which serves as a metaphor representing the determination to face challenges in life and to never give up. Row! Row! Over the last few months the students and I have had many opportunities to put the mantra from this metaphor into practice as we have experienced many setbacks.
Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company singing O lé lé
No matter what roadblocks appear on the track, the students know that the opera will go on as scheduled and that they will be responsible for making it happen. When a setback occurs, students step up, take the initiative and work collaboratively to guide the company “back on track.”