I graduate from seminary in two days. Really I've already graduated because I completed my academic requirements (and paid my student bills!) back in December. But, I must admit, sliding my final paper under a professor's door was an anticlimactic way to finish my graduate education. I actually remember that Wednesday morning in December: nobody was around to see me slide the paper into the black hole and afterward there was nothing but lifeless silence. "Well shit," I thought, "I guess I'm done." You know how they say the world won't end with a big bang but a whimper? That's how I felt. Like ..............?..........umm............ k.
Fortunately I get to experience the closure of graduation and, more importantly, reminisce with dear friends. On that note, here's a little slice of an Anne Lamott commencement speech:
"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to live it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it, and find the truth about who you are."