“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch…”

~Rudyard Kipling

I have long-grappled with educated people that lose the common touch. Often, in the world of higher education, in business, in vocations of success and money you will cross paths with individuals who use their learned knowledge heavy-handedly for selfish gains.

Being an over-thinker, I have struggled with wanting to pursue my own success, my own higher education as I critique the sources of my motivations. Is it for wealth? Success? Respect? Domination over others? Then I reject the encompassing desire.

Still, even with my two-year college education, I have trouble staying connected to what I consider the “common person.”

Perhaps partly because my first car, my wedding, and my house down-payment were not something for which I, myself, had to work hard and save. It wasn’t until a few years ago that my career caught up to my privileged life.

I also wonder if my profession of supporting leaders play a part. Thankfully, not all leaders act like “Queens” and “Kings;” many are comfortingly down-to-earth. But, the more I interact with peers of the pragmatic innovators that I work with, the more concentrated the pool of the pretentious.

If not my basic higher education, my early financial privileges, nor my occupation, then maybe my idealism growing up (and even traveling overseas) in religious circles disconnects me.

But if anything, this is for what I wish to endeavor:

  • Using my education to serve and support those who cannot or do not have the opportunities I had/have.
  • Being thankful and keeping in context my advantages and blessings.
  • Keeping both virtue and common touch in my work life.
  • Loving everyone as purely Jesus loves.

This is the down-to-earth me that I could respect, and strive to attain.