The following comes from one of our National Forum on Character Education keynoters, Bertice Berry's, blog. She is blogging daily in an attempt to teach her readers and herself the art of transformation. She writes:
Yesterday, I spoke with a group of adult students at The Ultimate Medical Academy. They were all getting degrees and certifications in the field they already worked in - healthcare.
Now, I love to learn and I love anyone who takes time out of their busy lives to learn more about their profession; dedicating time and great effort to get better.
One of my favorite quotes came from Dr. Martin Luther King. He said, “Rarely do we find men (and women) who willingly engage in hard solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
Having to think is what keeps folks from pursuing their dreams and striving to be more. I believe that the kind of thinking that King is talking about rewards us with our hearts' desires.
Yesterday, while speaking to the students, I went around the room and asked these incredible mentors and leaders, if they had the role of Health Care Ambassador, what would it be?
Their answers were amazingly parsimonious and had the ability to meet the needs of any healthcare provider.
One said that he’d be the ambassador of pharmaceutical controls and another said she’d be in charge of diversity. One young man said that he would be the liaison of respect - respect for the patient, the employee and the employer. Someone told me that they would be the ambassador of confidence and someone else said continued learning, while one woman simply said caring.
I smiled and took in the moment because it occurred to me that everything we needed we already possessed.
When you take the time to think, learn and apply the lessons of education you improve yourself, your family, your community and the world we live in.
We have what we need; now go and get it.
Be you, be well, be a thinker.
Bertice Berry, PhD.
If you'd like to learn more from Dr. Berry, join us for the National Forum on Character Education this November! She will be our closing keynote on Saturday, Nov. 3.