Attention Graduates!

Graduations are upon us, High School, College, Tech Schools and, yes, even Pre-Schoolers will don the white caps and gowns….. my grandson, Aiden is soooo excited about his graduation

I’ve heard many great graduation speeches. I remember the title of  the speech given at my High School graduation many years ago ( well not that many), it was, “The More Beautiful the Question, The More Beautiful the Answer.”  I really never gave it much thought over the years, but now it does seem pretty profound.

We will all continue to ask questions as we go through life’s journey, how else can we learn anything, but I think what the speaker ( and I can’t even remember who he was) had in mind was to prepare us  to “see” beauty in everything. If we visualize something as pleasant, doesn’t it change our prespective?  As a new graduate, everything is new, different , exciting…but when turmoil, problems, unexpected roadblocks trip us up, isn’t it better to think that a good outcome is available?  Trying to attain this outcome will take your insight, experience, attitude and vision..that’s right a beautiful vision.  I think the speaker also was encouraing  positivity rather than negativity.

The one thing I wish for new graduates is the realization to the fact that change is inevitable. Not only in life situations but in ourselves.  Here I am, 35 plus years post-graduate and still experiencing the evolution of myself.  No one ever told me that I would become a chameleon over the years!   Oh, I’m still me only a different version.  I like to believe I’m the new and improved person I started out to be right out of High School!  Change allows a variety of experiences which make way for growth; and you can’t expect growth unless you change. Growth and change go hand in hand. Look at the butterfly.  Don’t you think it is grateful when he emerges from the  cocoon? Sometimes the stretching process is painful.  But if we are forewarned and are ready for change, it can be a much more positive  and anticipated thing.

I was a girl scout back in the day (Ha!), and our motto was , “Always be prepared.” So preparation is the first goal in stepping out into the great big world of change.  Hopefully, schools and parents alike have done their best in preparing the new graduates for the next chapter of life, whether it be college, the military or the workforce. The second goal in launching from one phase to the next is to realize what your purpose  in life is.  The best way to do that is through prayer.  We all have a specific purpose given to us by our Lord. ( Rick Warren’s book, ” The Purpose Driven Life”  is the best graduation gift you can give to the graduate).  Once we discover what it is, it will only guide us to the best path we need to follow.

It’s okay to be a little nervous, but keeping a positive attitude and a beautiful vision before you is one way to lead a beautiful life!  My Dad’s simple advice to me was…always give someone a smile, it won’t cost you a thing; they are contagious and you just might get one back!

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Facing Life

I received an e-mail from a friend with the opening sentence,”Life’s not the way it’s supposed to be.  It’s the way it is; it’s the way you cope with it that makes the difference.”

Lately, I’ve found myself saying to other people regarding different situations while trying to make sense of certain actions and consequences the cliche, “It is what it is.”  Now that has me wondering, is that just a cop out?  It does seem like it could be trivializing a predicament, an easy way to bow out of assisting in solving one’s plight.  How many times do we face life’s trials and wish things were different…easier…less complicated?  It’s so much easier to throw our hands up and  do nothing.  What is more difficult is making the decision to do whatever we can with whatever resources we may have.

I believe we have to first determine whether our challenges in life are  up to us to change or not. If we have no control, then it truly ‘is what it is’  but our next step ( and this is an important one), is to make a choice as to how we are going to handle the situation we must face.  This is where our coping skills come in and where our faith will move us forward.

We can chose to be a victim and complain, speak negatively and think that there is no hope, or we can trust that God is in control and draw from the unwavering source of strength found in His promises to us, His kids, who He is crazy about.

He never promised that our lives would be without problems, but he did and does continually provide us with enough grace to wade through the messy times and hardships.  His grace, He tells us, ‘is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness’.   To me, that is all we need to know.  He will guide us, if we let Him.  His peace will guard our hearts.

Life doesn’t always fit our plans. There are detours that Our Lord stategically allows, and during these times is when he will sit back and watch us maneuver and all he wants to say is,” Well done, my child!”

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