There was a story about a man who was traveling down a path that was very close to the edge of a steep cliff. As the man drew closer to the edge of the cliff, he underestimated the end of the ledge of the cliff and fell off it nearly costing him his life. As he fell from the cliff, he was able to grab hold of a large branch which kept him from one hundred feet to his possible death. The branch that the man hung from was not close enough for him to get back to the top of the ledge he had fallen from. The branch was also too still high for the man to reach the bottom of the cliff safely without him hurting himself severely or possibly costing him his life.
At the beginning of every New Year, our professional and collegiate sports seek to crown new champions in their perspective sports. In the month of January, the NCAA College Football have their final four teams compete against one another. The winners from those two games leave the final two teams facing one another in the National Championship game. In the month of February, the National Football League concludes their playoffs to get down to the final two teams who then face one another in the Super Bowl. In the month of March, the NCAA College Men’s Basketball has their March Madness tournament. Over sixty-eight teams compete against one another to determine the final four teams who compete for the championship in the month of April. Each of these games has stadiums and arenas packed with fans cheering for their professional and college teams. The fans who cannot make the games packed their local sports bars and their living rooms with friends watching championship sports on their giant flat-screen televisions.
So you are thinking about going back to school. Every time you entertain the thought of going back to school as an adult, you come up with excuses for why it may not be the right time for you. You say I want to go back to school but how would I go back when I work a full-time job? You say I want to go back to school but how could I go back when I am a mother and a wife who has a family? I want to go back to school but will I be able to handle the workload as an adult student going to classes at night or online? The answer to these questions is yes, you can go back to school as an adult so you can obtain your college degree. It will require you to make the necessary sacrifice to stop watching several episodes of your favorite television show on Netflix and use the time doing your school assignments. You have to make the investment in your academic success, work a full-time job, and taking care of your family needs.
Several years ago from 2007 to 2009, our country experienced a national financial crisis. The financial crisis was caused by our major banks and mortgage companies causing the worst subprime mortgage collapse in history. Many of our financial institutions were on the brink of going out of business which led to our government having to bail them out of trouble. Several small business owners watched their businesses close not being able to pay their employees their paychecks. The local banks which these small businesses made their bank deposits into their accounts shut off access to their business line of credits and credit cards. The personal bankers, mortgage officers, and branch managers had hounded their customers for years to take out home equity lines of credits and subprime mortgages with little to no income verification. However, once the financial crisis became a very dark and painful reality, the customers who took out their lines of credit had them frozen with no way to access them for emergency purposes. Our US unemployment rate skyrocketed to double-digit numbers to 10.2%, which was the highest rate that our country had been at in twenty-six years.
As this year draws to a close, our country located in the Southeast region was devastated by two Hurricane storms. In the South and North Carolina states the people were impacted by Hurricane Florence. In the state of Florida in particularly the Florida panhandle area the people in that area were impacted by Hurricane Michael. Also, in 2017 we saw the news reports from CNN on how the city of Houston, Texas and the US territory of Puerto Rico were leveled by the Hurricane storms of Harvey and Maria. In each of these storms, we watch how each of these places did their best to prepare for these storms. They encouraged the people living to evaluate for their safety and to leave their homes and belongs which could not be taken behind. However, though many appeals were made by those in authority for residents to live their homes for their safety there was still a large percentage of stay behind hoping to ride the hurricane out. As the storms made landfall, the winds, rain and the eye of the storm destroyed homes and cause major power outages to those who had survived through category four or five storms.
Growing up as a young boy I lived on the east side of Detroit which was on East Warren and Bewick Street. As you walked down the beginning of my street, to the right side of the block you would see a sign which told a person our block was patrolled by a neighborhood watch group. A neighborhood watch was a group of men who came together on behalf of the neighborhood to monitor and take care of their community. These men were ordinary people who had regular jobs during the day but in the evening they would patrol the local streets until everyone when into their homes at night. Back then there was no such thing as people hanging out late at night because when the street lights came on all the kids and parents made their way into the house. You would sometimes see the men riding around in their vehicles, helping to prevent fights among the kids, or contacting the local police when someone was in of life-threatening situation. The men who were a part of the neighborhood watch were not a part of law enforcement but they believed that their presence represented to potential evil-doers that no type of crime, drugs or the burglary of homes would be permitted in their community.