As January 1st came and went, for some reason, I suddenly realized I just didn’t understand the southern black eyed pea tradition. I wanted to know more about this tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. You see, I have grown up in Texas my entire life with parents “from the north,” and this was just not something we did. But ALL my friends did.
When I googled “the meaning of eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck,” I got a LONG list of how this southern tradition originated. Very interesting, actually. If you have time, go read about it. Basically, the idea is to eat these things for good luck – black eyed peas represent coins, greens represent money, and cornbread represents gold.
The crazy thing is that I have never eaten black eyed peas on New Year’s Day and I do not plan to start now. Here is why:
I might be a little crazy, but I always seem to find a way that education ties to everything! I know it seems silly to connect this with the black eyed peas tradition, but sometimes life’s daily things make a deeper connection than we expect!
When I look a little deeper I find that luck really is one of two things: destiny and when our hard work meets opportunity.
**It’s when we work hard to prepare the best differentiated lessons for our students in hopes to inspire the love of learning in one hard to reach child, and we see that one little child thrive from this. The opportunity was right and we were prepared.
**It’s when we work hard to be a positive, supportive leader. We are the listener all the time, and it pays off when you gain the trust and respect from your fellow coworkers.
**It’s when we work hard to be courageous and try something new in our classrooms. When we see a child who struggles to learn a concept one way, completely master the concept in another way because we tried something new….that’s opportunity meeting hard work!
**It’s when we work hard to communicate with parents and keep positive intent to strengthen the home to school relationships. It’s seeing all the hours of emails, phone calls, and meetings pay off with happy, strong parent-teacher-student relationships!
Call it luck or whatever you will. I believe we are destined to do awesome things if we work hard. My faith and hard work is what I hold tight to in 2016 – in every area of my life.
I do not think black eyed peas will give me good luck and financial success for the rest of the year. I KNOW my hard work will push me to reach my goals, whatever they may be!
Happy 2016! May you be blessed with dedication and determination to reach your goals!
(And if you happened to have eaten black eyed peas for good luck…it’s okay, you can still work hard to reach your goals!) 🙂