Knowledge and power

We’ve all heard it said “knowledge is power.”

As I attended an induction ceremony for the National Honor Society last week, I was reminded just how true that statement can be.

Knowledge is power for a student who studied for the SATS and is able to attend the college of her choice. Knowledge is power when you need a raise and you have the knowledge of what to say to secure one. Knowledge is power when your doctor knows what’s wrong and understands its treatment options.

Knowledge, according to the National Honor Society, is also the source of the four qualities exemplified in its honorees: scholarship, service, leadership and character. It’s the central source of not only academic success, but life success.

“Learning furnishes the lamp by which we read the past, and the light that illuminates the future,” said one of the student-speakers at Harris-Lake Park.

Of course, these National Honor Society juniors and seniors don’t have a whole lot of past yet that needs to be read and analyzed, but someday they will. It’s not unusual for me today to learn things that help me understand the things that are part of my past, and I’m sure that trend continues for peo- ple as we grow older.

The students’ flashlight of knowledge shining into the future will gradually grow into a high powered beam of light as they learn throughout life.

I’m a firm believer that you can learn something from everyone you meet. One of the greatest things about this job is that I’m constantly meeting people who can teach me new things. Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new from someone. Everyone I’ve met – from the third grade students to the clean water experts to our community veterans -has enlightened me. Every day I learn something new – it’s just a natural part of the career. Some of the people I dismiss fastest are those who think they’ve already learned everything they need to know.

Some of the most inspiring people I know have been those who have committed themselves to be lifelong learners. They’ve realized that learning is only done when life is done.

Life is full of people who can teach you new things. And books that can help you learn. And music that can help you feel.

May you learn something new each day and bask in the light that shines for your future.

“We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.” – Maria Mitchell