Celebrating some recent high school graduations, I see my friends’ daughters both achieve high academic levels. More importantly, they show up as kind and compassionate human beings with beautiful spirits.
The standard question for a graduate seems to be “what are you going to do?” Hearing this causes me to ponder the questions we ask. It is a valid question.
Yet, how much does it matter? What about bringing joy, peace, and love with you?
Joy, peace, and love exist in these young ladies, as well as many graduates who may not necessarily choose to “do” what families or society expect. Whether a backpacker, cashier, a waiter, an actress, an educator, a scientist, a business owner, a parent, a volunteer, all of us bring a certain level of energy to the each and every moment.
The energy each and every person brings to any given situation has a ripple effect on the people around them. This energy impacts personal peace, and peace at home, within organizations, and in communities.
Yet, how often do you ask a graduate (or anyone for that matter), “who are you going to be,” or “what sort of energy will you bring to life’s moments?”
In what way will you face those wonderful (and less wonderful) times?
The biggest impact you make in this world may be by how you answer and live out the answers to those questions.
Questions allow us to dig deeper and better understand the people around us. This often proves transformational.
Any question I ask someone else, I must be able to answer for myself.
What other questions do you think might be helpful to ask graduates? What do you need to ask and answer yourself?