Big Events, Long Flights, and Meltdowns–how to hold onto common sense when you are tempted to give in to your fear.


This is it.

The weekend my son, Russell Hixson, graduates.

We left the wet, chilly shores of Vancouver B. C. at 8 o’clock this morning. At YVR we caught a flight to the backwoods of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

I should be excited but I am afraid of coming undone.

1. I should be excited because I get to celebrate a major milestone in my son’s life.

2. I am afraid that my confidence will unravel in such a scholarly situation.

You see, I’ve got a hang-up about education or, should I say, my lack of education.

Four years ago my oldest son graduated from the same place.

John Brown University.

When I entered its hallowed halls of learning, I experienced a bit of a shock.

Everyone seemed to have some kind of prestigious degree.

· Baristas at the coffee shop

· The receptionist at the college

· The cashier at the grocery store

I was afraid to ask about the educational level of local pets. Who knows if I would be lectured on the fine points of taking out student loans for canines?

I tortured myself with the following thoughts.

· My family must be embarrassed of me.

· I’ve done nothing with my life.

· My educated friends will eventually drop me for some cool chick with a real degree.

· I will end up sleeping a park bench someday; rusty old benches specifically reserved for the undereducated senior citizen.

Funny thing is, I once bragged at a conference that I had no accredited secondary education.

“I have something more important,” I said, “I have common sense.”

What happened to that common sense?

At this very moment, I am flying over the Midwest. John Brown University is less than an hour away.

It’s time to find it again.

The bottom line: People who

· Complete four, six, even ten years of higher education deserve to be honored.

· Develop courage, stamina and discernment through life experience deserved to be respected.

Whether it’s through

· book learning,

· overcoming insurmountable odds

· or just being faithful with the opportunities we have

We will develop wisdom if we respond to the insight that we receive.

If you get a diploma, hang it on the wall.

If you grow through other means, hold your head up high.

Just don’t be foolish

· thinking that a formal education makes you complete

· or second guessing your potential to help others because you don’t have certain letters after your name.

Celebrate growth.

Note: this blog was brought to you by CCCDTHIBKITDMLE -Concerned Canadian Citizens Determined to Help Insecure Bloggers Keep It Together During Major Life Events.

2 thoughts on “Big Events, Long Flights, and Meltdowns–how to hold onto common sense when you are tempted to give in to your fear.

  1. Good honest thoughts we all have but are afraid or embarrassed to utter or write. Keep up the good writing!

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