Tonight is Grayson's high school commencement. I'm really excited for him to finally get to walk across the stage to receive his hard-earned diploma! He has worked very hard all through his high school years, especially his senior year. Most nights he studied late into the night, long after his Dad and I had gone to bed, so he could keep up with four AP classes and stay in the top 5% of his class. Gray has completely impressed me with his dedication and perseverance! What a kid.
And now he's done.
Well actually, he's just starting.
You know, it's always been funny to me that "commencement" means "beginning" or "the start of something." What an odd way to signify the end of an achievement - to have a commencement ceremony! But if you think about it, many of the things we start in life are built on things we've finished. A college career can only start when a person finishes high school. A job career can only commence when a person completes training. You can only have dessert if you finish your vegetables. You can start shopping after you get paid for working. You can commence to drive after you finish drivers education. Kids get to wear big boy underwear after they are done potty training.
Beginnings are built on finishings.
Today's Small Thing is to celebrate a commencement - a fresh beginning - by finishing something first.
If you're like me (a busy gal with a forgetful/distracted streak) you've got a whole string of unfinished projects laying around. Dishes half done, laundry partially folded, papers needing attention, flowerbeds partly weeded. And each unfinished task means that I can't start a new one...and there is a level of frustration that simmers under my skin. Oooh, I hate finishing things sometimes, but I love to start new stuff. I've got a lot of "starts" but not nearly enough "dones."
Today, enjoy the achievement of finishing something. And see if it doesn't just open the door to new possibilities! There is nothing like the feeling of a job well done to make you see fresh opportunities and new beginnings! You'll discover the euphoria of knowing you did your best, crossed the finish line and earned your stripes.
What will you finish today? How can you celebrate your commencement?
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