Tag Archives: Enthusiasm

Hot – Lukewarm – Cold

hot-coffee

There is something about lukewarm and its undesirability. I prefer my food and drink hot. The higher temperature of the food or drink brings out the intensity and the peak of the desirable flavor. Some food or drink taste better when they are cold such as ice cream or soda. Imagine drinking the lukewarm soda! There’s no fizzy carbonation in my mouth or in my esophagus as I swallow! What would it taste like to you?

I don’t eat a lot. Perhaps I have a small stomach. Every bite I eat counts. I want to take in every bite that I enjoy, because it doesn’t take too much to fill my stomach.

We went out for a soup and salad lunch today. I got my salad and hot coffee. The restaurant usually serves hot soups – hot but not boiling. I got my regular New England clam chowder soup. I took the first spoonful. It was lukewarm. I scooped to the bottom of the cup, hoping it would be hotter. No, it was still lukewarm. I simply put it aside, because I didn’t taste the clam flavor, it tasted just like any other kind of cream soup. I saved my appetite for other food items I desired.

I only ate what I desired to eat, so we had an enjoyable lunch.

Application: “To get the most out of our lives, do the things we love to do, and do them with enthusiasm, not with a lukewarm heart or mind.” – Quote from Miriam Hurdle

top-of-volcano

On one trip, we drove to the top of the volcano in Maui. There is a pile of lava rocks. A trail was created for people to climb to the top. There I was – waving my hand.

Daily Prompt: Lukewarm

Enthusiasm in Learning

When I was working in the school district as administer, I held a five-year, Tier I, non-renewable administrative credential. By 1997, I realized that I had to go back to school to get my Tier II, permanent credential. I checked out all the universities within reasonable driving distance that offered such a program. I came across that University of La Verne had a two-year Tier II Administrative Credential Program. The exciting fact was that they also had a three-year program that included the Tier II Administrative Credential, plus the Doctoral Degree. I was very interested in this program.

I started school with enthusiasm. Most of the doctoral students finish the three-year courses, and then take some years to complete the dissertation. At La Verne, students have the choice of completing the doctoral program in three years. It means that when students take the third year courses, they also complete the dissertation.

There were three classmates who were interested in the three-year doctoral program. I decided to join them. Year 1999-2000 was the hardest year I had ever worked in my whole life. I worked full time, took full time courses, plus completed my dissertation.

My husband was very supportive. For three years, he watched TV with the headphone on, so it would not disturbed me when I did my assignments. I dedicated my doctoral degree to my lovely, supportive husband.

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Daily Prompt: Enthusiasm