Friday, May 9, 2008

Graduation

I spent yesterday afternoon with the college-age daughter of our friends who are more like family than family. I’ve known this young woman since she was born – I was at the hospital to welcome and hold her just hours after she was born. Now, she is 22 years-old and a college senior. She has another year of school to finish because she’s changed her major and her school, but many of her friends are graduating next week. Throughout lunch we discussed her change of major and how she is feeling about that change and the change of schools, then she took me to the campus where she has gone to school for the last 3-1/2 years to give me a tour and to introduce me to her friends. As I met each person, I’d ask if they are graduating this year and, if they are, what their plans are for after graduation. What a wonderful collection of ideas, ambitions and dreams! I loved seeing the excitement on their faces as they told me of their plans; the enthusiasm was palpable. These are young people stepping out on their own for the first time in their lives. They’ve finished college and now are ready to set their plans into play. As I listened to them answering my question, I realized that we don’t have to save that type of enthusiasm and planning for youth and for big occasions like graduations; we can step into each day with a new plan, perhaps a revised plan, and put that plan into play. I am inspired by what I heard yesterday afternoon.

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