November 4, 2016

From the desk of Dr. Kevin Kirk, president of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College.

One of the things I enjoy when we have family reunions and get togethers is playing horseshoes. I once heard the story of a bystander who was watching with admiration and fascination as a blacksmith hammered out a horseshoe. After finishing the horseshoe, he placed it aside to let it cool. Quickly, and without even thinking, the bystander picked up the searing hot object to inspect it more closely. He put it down even quicker. The blacksmith chuckled to himself and then inquired, “Hot, isn’t it?” Wanting to save face the observer replied, “Nope! It just doesn’t take long to inspect horseshoes.”

We’ve all done things without considering both the short-term and the long-term consequences. Unfortunately, we don’t always drop it quickly. Some of us continue to hang on to things that burn us throughout our lives. There’s a time for everything. There’s a time to pick something up, and there’s a time to realize that our pain is telling us to let it go.

One of my favorite rock groups growing up in the 60’s was “The Birds”. A favorite song they performed was singing the verse from Ecclesiastes” there is a time for every season.”  Wise people learn quickly to release destructive sources of pain.

I hope we will all learn to quickly let go of those things in life which cause us pain and keep us from becoming our very best!