What if our graduates were saluted with words not about getting but preparing to receive?
Words that say living well means not only doing this or making that or going there.
No, among life's most important words are these,
Aware of what's come your way. Thankfully. Gratefully. Minute by minute. Hour by hour. Day by day.
That much is not gotten so much as it is given as gift.
How great if our word to graduates today could be,
Go confidently to trust and commit to what you know. What you touch. What you see.
Ask often 'Where's life?' in your life and don't be surprised when the answer's revolutionary, inviting you to be not 'out for me' but alive with others, arm-in-arm, your sisters and brothers.
And no matter your sorrows and triumphs ahead, know your life, as with all souls in times struggled or muddied or light on their feet, is where there is Life, already good and abundant.
Yes! Be aware. All is gift for you to receive.