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Choose Righteously

     Upon contemplating the theme for this week, choose righteously, I continue to think about my decision to return back to college for the second time. I graduated from UH Manoa, some time ago and continued working at Kaiser. I really enjoy working with patients and providing them with the basic care that my job could provide. But, I always felt that there was more that I could do to care for the many patients in the hospital. I had looked into graduate schools like physical therapy, but they were all located on the mainland and at the time Wailana and I were planning to get married.

     As time went on I became comfortable with my lifestyle, just working and keeping status quo. But there was a major turning point in my career, when management decided to make some drastic changes and my entire department was let go. At that time in my life, I thought there was no possible way that they could get rid of our department because we provided a needed service that the hospital could not go without. I was angry and frustrated with the way that the situation was handled. Eventually everything worked out for our entire department, but that experience helped me decide that I needed to go back to school.

     I am so blessed to be married to Wailana because she is the main reason I am where I am today. She helped me research the different programs and we eventually decided on Chaminade. I have been blessed my entire time at Chaminade. It has been a struggle juggling my full time job with full time school and also trying to make time for Wai and the rest of my family. I know that Wai had to put up with the most, because it is very difficult to be with someone going through nursing school. But through all of the late nights in the library and waking up early to go work, I was able to achieve acceptance to the Honors Society, Sigma Theta Tau International. All of the hard work and dedication paid off. Also I was just chosen this month to be awarded the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship.

     I just thank the Lord each and every day that I have been so blessed in my life. Hard work and dedication will always pay off in the end as long as you make righteous decisions. Setbacks are a part of life, but they were put there for a greater reason. At the time we may question the rationale, but in retrospect everything will happens according to God’s plan.
          (Kapono Ahuna, ateam8575@gmail.com, Waipahu Congregation)