May I find meaningful work and meaningful
activity in my life.
I desire to wake up each morning and feel
that I am used on behalf of something
glorious. by M. Williamson
Who is in your S3SS?
S3SS stands for Super 3 Support System.
Having a super support system
was a reoccurring theme during
my cousin’s graduation ceremony.
In the early morning, I had
a throbbing behind-the-eyes migraine.
“Today is not the day to have anything wrong with me,” I told myself while I tossed and turned in bed.
“Man, I have to show up.
Plus, there’s food and wine afterwards. Can’t miss that.”
I managed to soothe my migraine and
I showed up.
It was an inspiring and motivating day. About 300 grads
completed their degrees in their chosen field. Each one had a moving story to share, but we couldn’t hear all 300 stories. We would have been there until midnight. Two candidates were selected to share how they made it.
LEAH HANSEN worked for the Department of Corrections for 25 years.
In order for her to move forward in her career, she had to get
her Bachelor’s degree. She had all sorts of excuses to not do it:
I’m a single mom. I work full time. Who will
care for my son if I’m doing homework? How can I afford
college? All these excuses were in the way and would not let her move from point
A to point B. But, she had a support system to help her.
Leah’s super three support system included her mom, stepdad,
and best friend and they told her:
“If you set your mind on doing something good–you can do the impossible.”
With this in mind she applied to college, got in, and pursued her degree.
With focus, determination, and
help from her family she now has a degree in criminal justice.
Dang! When I heard that I reached for a tissue.
We make excuses everyday, don’t we?
**********PART 2 tomorrow