As we move through our journey of life one of the most satisfying events is graduation. I was blessed to have witnessed my daughters graduation on Friday, May 17th. at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Chelsea graduated with a pre-law (criminal justice) degree from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) with her next step, law school.
I believe that most of us are proud to see our children graduate and move to the next chapter of their lives. In the case of law school or medical school the journey continues beyond the halls of the university and into the realm of even more intense work and even greater reward.
The pride you feel as a parent as you watch your child grow and aspire to new challenges can sometimes awaken that part of you that reflects on the past. It seems like such a short time ago that Chelsea was a baby, small child, bigger child, teenager, and now a young women. Each step along the way is fraught with new expectations and hurdles that continues to make the journey the reward.
There is a chance when they are young to help shape the context of their experiences and mold them into better people. However, as they graduate through the different stages of life a personality takes shape, a direction takes hold, and a life begins to unfold.
Graduation is defined as "the action of dividing into degrees or other proportionate divisions on a graduated scale." This definition clearly assumes that we move in an upward sociological and evolutionary projection with the possibility of eclipsing our parents educational, spiritual, and economic circumstances.
However, if you take boiling water and place a potato in the water and an egg... the potato becomes soft and the egg becomes hard. It's not the circumstances, its what your made of.
As we battle through the great times and the sad/disappointing times our graduation to the next evolutionary phase reveals our strength of character and our will to succeed. It is only through adversity that we can stretch our expectations and soar to new levels of prosperity both spiritual and economic. Quite simply... its not what happens to you, its how you react to it.
Each of us can live life to its fullest revealing the truth about our destiny and the satisfaction associated with graduating to become an educated and compassionate person that absorbs life and ultimately makes the world a better place.
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