[First published 26 June 2012] Peeling potatoes for shepherd’s pie watching the rain advance from the south across the peanut field on the other side of the road. Began thinking about what I’d share in a graduation speech. Probably because we’re joined in battle with our daughter to get through summer school biology so she’ll be at grade level in the Fall. Much Like I did in Coach Natvig’s summer algebra class in high school before my senior year. And, yes, I had to go to the yearbook to see if I remembered the name. Coasted through with a “C.”
Graduation speeches are about “as you are, I was, and as I am, you will be, and, if you’re interested, let me tell you what’s in between or how to get to where I am or wherever you think you want to be.” But I’m off-topic again; it’s a habit.
There are five inextricably life lessons I would share. The first is from the sermon on the mount: to inherit the kingdom of earth, love your neighbor as yourself. Interestingly, an early lesson taken to heart from vacation Bible school and a discussion in Sunday school last weekend. That means following the golden rule of “do unto others” and not the contemporary golden rule, “whoever has the gold make the rules.”
The second was in a Weekly Reader story in 6th grade reporting about the death of Dag Hammarskjold. In his family Bible which survived the crash was found a handwritten message which said, “Live your life such that, in your final moment, when all others are weeping, you alone are without a tear to shee