Recently, a high school graduation speaker caught everyone’s attention by not praising the seniors. Instead, he told the graduates they were not that special.
He did not extol the seniors for their honorable achievements, but stated frankly that the seniors had been pampered, doted on, helmeted and bubble wrapped; however, he emphasized they were really not so special. He cautioned students avoid feeling entitled and encouraged them to work hard and finish commitments. He advised students to “climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air, and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
As I thought about that, I think the speaker was right on the mark. Too many of us want to succeed so the world can see us. It is an issue of pride, or perhaps too much pride, and we might all do ourselves some good by realizing that we are not that special; we are just all mountain climbers trying to do our best.
So, climb your mountain today and on the way up, embrace the challenge, work hard, enjoy the air, and behold the view!
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton Ph.D