Let’s celebrate the end. Are you ready to graduate this June?


“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”


The quote above was used in a graduation ceremony I attended this weekend. I’ve said it over and over in my mind since first reading it. It’s such a simple reminder that things are constantly changing around us. And that we’re continuously changing as well. We frequently say goodbye to one circumstance in life in order to usher in a new one. Likewise, we have to say goodbye to one version of ourselves so we can let a stronger, wiser version grow.

I like to think of these “goodbyes” as little graduations. And they happen all the time, but we can play a role in accelerating them. We can encourage a graduation by choosing to care more deeply (leaving apathy and indifference behind). We can encourage a graduation by choosing forgiveness more often (leaving bitterness and judgment behind). And we can encourage a graduation by choosing to serve others more (leaving isolation and emptiness behind).

June also marks the middle of our calendar year which makes it a perfect time for planning the rest of 2014. Spend June graduating to the next glorious version of your life. One place to start is by asking these three things:

  • Is the world around you changing for the better?
  • How will this year have changed who you are?
  • What impact will you have on others this year? 

What are you graduating from?

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