Here’s one of the stories I got from a R & D team member:

My academic life began one lowly day in high school when my sophomore English teacher had the audacity to ask us to read Gone with the Wind. Read a 1,500-page book? Was she joking? Didn’t she realize that I had a very busy schedule as most 16-year-old girls do? I think what she must have realized is that if you capture the interest of a student, you have made a student for life. This wise instructor wove the story of Scarlett O’Hara into a unit that studied the Civil War, the reasons behind it, the road, for many, that traveled from riches to poverty, and the will to survive in spite of it.

Since that time, I have read that book probably 20 times, and have been inspired by Scarlett’s determination to accomplish whatever she set her mind to (hopefully finding more honest ways to do so than Scarlett did).

I found that studying one topic could open up a plethora of others, and then those, in turn, open up other possibilities. Learning new things can be a never-ending adventure! I have continued my education in a formal academic setting, achieving a master’s degree in nursing education, but I believe that even greater learning has been accomplished on these shadowy little winding adventures of mind and thinking that I have taken on my own.

I have not achieved great heights within the walls of formal academia, and the initials after my name are rather limited, but I consider myself an academic nonetheless. In fact, I have taken a leave of absence from formal academics in order to pursue other areas of learning in my life. My family and I are leaving the United States in two weeks to live in the country of Romania for an extended and open-ended period of time. We are a Christian family, and we feel called by God to see if we can be of assistance to the poor in Romania. What better example of education can be found that is not bound within the confines of a book or classroom?

Will I return to school sometime in the future? It’s hard to say. We “academics” are very busy! Maybe I will do what Scarlett would do and think about it tomorrow.


What would Scarlett do?  What do you know you are postponing until tomorrow - deliberately?  You’re not procrastinating but just shifting your thinking and decision-making until tomorrow (or further into the future)?



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