Forgive my absence yesterday. But we were busy with graduation preparations. And…Just like that, the graduation really did happen; with us in attendance; and Josh walking across the stage. I will post pictures another day. But there were two things that were said that were so lovely, so perfect, and so heartwarming. The first was said by the Vice President of the school at the very end of the ceremony, right before the graduates marched back up the aisle. She said “in just a few hours you have gone from students, to graduates, to alumni….just like that”. Yeah–my tears were flowing.
The other statement I loved was: Prepare for a life of significance. Not only is this the mission of the school, but it was the capstone comment made by the commencement speaker. He is also the college president and an alum of the school. He told the graduates that no matter what they do, they can and must make a difference through a life of significance.
He went on to explain that they should do this in their work lives, private lives, and volunteer activities. He said that the world is sorely lacking leadership and they should fill this gap by being leaders. He was careful to repeat that a life of significance is not just the paycheck. Rather it is committing time, talent, and treasure to the calling you have from God.
As you can imagine, after all of the delays in reaching my son’s actual graduation ceremony, we were half holding our breath until his name was announced (followed by our cheers), he walked across the stage, shook hands with the college president, and was handed his diploma (followed by more mama cheers).
And Just Like That…..the moment arrived….my dream that he have his dream come true….my butterfly flew! No, he hasn’t left the nest. and I am not waiting impatiently for that moment, either. But Just Like That, he had his moment. His life of significance began awhile ago. And now, I thank God that he indeed had his moment, and his well-deserved moment at that.
It makes me think of the lyrics from a song in the Disney movie Cinderella :
“A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true”