“As we journey through this pandemic, we are going to have days when we are discouraged, disheartened, and tired. As a community we need to keep encouraging each other.”

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get a little bit discouraged, disheartened, and tired. The “new normal” has been going on long enough that I am starting to forget what the “old normal” actually used to be like. We have heard the warnings that this would take longer than we thought, and that it wouldn’t be over quickly, but we all secretly hoped that those predictions were wrong.

I have played sports all my life. I have distinct memories of being in difficult game situations discouraged, disheartened, and tired but then a teammate, coach, or even someone from the crowd yelled something to me that changed my outlook. Lifted my spirits. Gave me courage to keep playing and fighting ‘til it was over.

As we journey through this pandemic, we are going to have days when we are discouraged, disheartened, and tired. As a community we need to keep encouraging each other. Remind each other that this is not forever. That this will end and that there are days ahead when we can once again be together and enjoy community at its fullest.

So what does some paint, plastic, nails and some 3X5 cards have to do with what I am talking about? Well, the staff at Dalat wanted to encourage you again and this time they did it with a sign – a BIG sign. Watch the video below. Our hope is that if you are somewhat discouraged, disheartened, or tired, that this video will lift your spirits, give you courage, and change your outlook just a little bit.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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