Close Enough

So you’ve been trying to reach that higher grade right before the semester ended. You knew that the final exam will either break or make your grade, especially since you’re sitting on the borderline. Blackboard has been updated and you see that you didn’t receive the grade you aimed for. You might feel some sadness, but be reassured that this isn’t the end of the world…and that many of your fellow students feel or have felt what you do now.


This experience reminds me of my favorite philosophy from the book, This I Believe. It’s titled “Natural Links in a Long Chain of Being” by Victor Hanson. The following is an except from Hanson’s piece:


“We must struggle in our brief existence to find some transcendent meaning during reoccurring heart-break and disappointment and so find solace in the knowledge that our ancestors have all gone through this before. You may find all that too intrusive, living with the past as present. I find it exhilarating . I believe there is an old answer for every new problem – that wise whispers of the past are with us to assure us that if we just listen and remember, we are not alone; we have been here before.”Victor Hanson


Hanson and I believe in the same idea. There is no reason to panic or worry – still continue to live life as fully as possible. There is always someone else at some other time that has experienced the same struggle.  Do not be so heart-stricken that you may not have earned the grade you hoped for, because someone has overcome this obstacle before. The difference is, how the obstacle will impact your future.