As my significant and I walked among towering statues from India, Indonesia, and the Middle East, I was taken back by this standing Buddha. He was created in 200 BC in Pakistan. His face was so serene, his worn gesture of peace so purposeful. He reminded me to be at peace no matter what and as he stood there I was reminded to stand tall.
As some of you know I have been deeply entrenched in a Ph.D. program for the past 8 years. Wow, they never included that in the brochure. Well, last Sunday, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University. Now, I am Dr. Cupcakes to you, Dr. Powell-Hicks to the rest of the world. Here comes the real challenge, what do I do with his nice little piece of paper? How do I change the world? Do I strengthen my consulting firm, do I find a post doc fellowship at a local hospital, research, head to Europe on “sabbatical?” These are questions we all ask ourselves from the perspective of our own experiences and training. How do I use my skills and talents to impact the world around me? The achievement isn’t in the asking but in the doing, so you should all soon see some doing from your dear Cupcakes.
One major take away from this past weekend-other than, I need to change the world-was that no one is an island. We all became who we are because of the collective support of others. I thank all of those who helped form my character for their dedication, love, and support.