When I traded my paid career in the restaurant business three years ago, to homeschool our two youngest children, it was the most difficult job by far. After this past Spring, many can relate! They were grateful when I quit sharing my “wisdom” and shared a graduation speech instead.
Yesterday, at our son Calvins graduation, Kathryn, a Salutatorian speaker (there were two) referenced a profound graduation speech from Admiral William McRaven at the University of Texas in 2014. Our youngest two excitedly turned to me and smiled. They had heard this speech many times during our homeschool adventures.
Admiral McRaven spoke about “making your bed.” He addressed how important it is to complete a simple task first thing each day. No matter what happens during your day, you come home to a made bed. A bed that YOU made. My parents and Admiral McRaven were like minded. My sister and I did not leave our rooms until our beds were made. #accomplishment
Recently, in a fit of self pity one of our children shouted at me, “you have no idea how hard my life has been!” Unfortunately, I DO know.
We ALL have a story (or more) of adversity, some more challenging than others. Each day when we rise, we begin with an empty cup to be filled with knowledge and challenges. Trauma taught our family that some wake up with their glass nearly full and the smallest amount of water will cause overflow.
This year has been strange. We are living in times of constant change, uncertainty, fears and protests. Know that although your cup may have room, it may only take a teaspoon of water for someone else to drown. Consider throwing a life line, not one of judgement. Be KIND. Choose to shine.
The graduation speech below is equally important. It is my favorite. I hope it expands your empathy and encourages you today! If by chance you will be homeschooling again this Fall, (I’m guessing this would be unanswered prayers), remember to share those graduation speeches! 🙂
Peace & Blessings,
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3