Monday, March 24, 2008

Education...life...and other not-so-deep thoughts

As many of you know, I've been contemplating furthering my education. For a long time, I've been anticipating a masters in business or some finance-related degree. But earlier this year, I was re-directed.

Tasha asked me one morning: "Grant, are you doing what you should be doing with your life?"

That penetrating question sums up the beginning of a great many days of pondering about what type of education I should obtain. My answer came clearly. I need attend law school. Although a clear answer, I spent the next several days asking myself if I was listening to the right spirit...and after other events triggered confirmation that I was, I became assured more than most times in my life that my path for the next 4 years is clear: law school, here I come.

What type of law? What school? I have no idea... I would have preferred that the answer came after softball season was over and after some of my other businesses were off the ground (studying for 15 hours/week doesn't leave time for much of anything). I will take the LSAT in June and plan on attending fall of 2009...somewhere. Until then--yes--my blog posts might be sporadic. :) (they may have some consistency, however...it helps that I got a new iMac (and can see my new toy while typing)--yes, I joined the MacRevolution (or the anti-PC revolution...either way...)

My last note: This process has renewed my understanding of how to approach life. Life isn't all about so many things, and meant specifically for a few things. I value education...in a variety of ways, not necessarily tied to a formal degree from an accredited institution. Many books sit on shelves with pages unopened. Many children sit at home participating in good practices that could be better or better yet, even best.

So often we live life by moving with the tide...doing things because others do them. But we are here to learn, to stretch, and have experiences that build our faith in God. I believe if each of us asked and involved the Lord in even our daily duties and decisions, we will be given more ability to accomplish tasks that are designed to complete and enrich our character. Thus we will be positioned to bless the lives of many others.

We went to the open house of the Rexburg temple earlier this year...my camera almost didn't work in the -20 degree weather. I loved Ricks...but am not sure how I made it through the winters...

9 comments:

Jessica Ziel said...

Yay for life plans! Good luck studing for the LSAT. It really is a family endeavor--so not just good luck to you, but good luck to the 3 lovely ladies in the family! Choosing schools will fall into place once you have the LSAT hump-over with! Congrats on a plan--it is always good to have a plan.

Kass Martin said...

Congrats on the new adventure. I heard that this new phase of life is going to get in the way of softball and let me tell you that that isn't so great. I love the chubby cheeks. I think Bridget and Malia should have a face off. We'll weigh the cheeks and the winner gets all you can eat cake, donuts, ice cream... Too cute. How is Kaia? I hope that she is doing well and that's she's feeling better.

The Heatons said...

Congrats Grant! Sounds like it will be a great adventure. That takes a lot of courage to make such a decision. It sounds like it is a good choice for you. Good luck!

Kass Martin said...

Hey, what's your email address? (I think it needs to be the one you use while on blogger) I'm going private this week and want you included! Thanks! You can email me at kitkassbar@yahoo.com or leave it in the comments.

The Biglers said...

I was trying to google my own blog, and discovered another family with the last name of Bigler, and saw the picture of the Rexburg Temple! Are you LDS? We have family that lives in Idaho, near Twin Falls.

lucy said...

"Grant, are you doing what you should be doing with your life?"

what a good woman!

Marci Bigler said...

I'm sorry, I have to correct you...I think it was 3 degrees! :)

Natasha said...
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Kass Martin said...

I hear that congratulations are in order! Horay for the Bigler family! I think that it's amazing and that you are such a great amazing family. Lucky for these kids to be coming down to wonderful siblings, parents, softball friends! :) One of these days we'll all be together again. One day.