As mentioned elsewhere, taking inventory of what has been accomplished relative to the Seven Principles, specifically academic performance, is a powerful and instructive Kwanzaa activity. Moreover, the color scheme of the Kwanzaa candles- black, red, and green-imparts a strong academic message and method for educational success. Below is testimony to adherence to the “red candle” of Kwanzaa.
The red candle, which symbolizes one’s effort, will forever be my muse in life. I excelled in my college classes this past academic semester, because of a renewed commitment to measure school and academic success by how much effort I put forth in my studies. The red Kwanzaa candle instructs that prosperity or achieved success in life, including school, is based on effort.
There were times this semester when I wanted to give up because of the difficulty of a problem. However, the red candle was a constant reminder of the need or requirement to continue to “push forward.” Being aware of this, I recommitted myself to following the instructions and lessons of the red Kwanzaa candle. I can honestly say that I my academic success this past semester was based on observing the lessons of the red Kwanzaa candle.
In the Kwanzaa celebration, the candles-black, symbolic of black people; red, symbolic of effort and persistent practice; and green, symbolic of prosperity, which comes as a result of persistent effort- have meaning for everyday practice and personal development. This past semester, I used the red candle as a yardstick to measure my investment in my education. Moreover, using the red candle as an instructive model, I invested a great deal of time and effort in my studies, making my academic studies a priority.
This past semester, I started by asking myself: How much was I willing to invest in my education and future? Accordingly, I stayed on top of my deadlines and made sure I worked on my studies everyday. To be sure, each day I made a conscious effort to invest in my studies, doubling my time and effort on studies that in the past I would have written off as to difficult. As a result of dedicating my time and effort to my studies, I received A’s in all of my classes. The success of my academic performance (the green candle) is a direct correlation to the amount of time I dedicated to investing in myself. Using the lesson and message of red candle of Kwanzaa, I achieved greater academic success.