“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing you have received but only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” – Pedro Arrupe
My parting thoughts for all the seniors to remember.
WHAT I KNOW (OR THINK I KNOW)
That great philosopher Satchel Paige asked the question, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” You would of course be as young as your zest for life would let you be. And Satchel lived that as well as anyone. He pitched his last game in the majors at a chronological age of 59, but even then he wasn’t that old. You can be young in outlook until the day you die.
The best is not behind you; indeed it is yet to come. You are just at the beginning of an incredible journey. And what is the secret to happiness, or fulfillment, on that journey? The philosopher Tom Morris, another great one, said it is “creative love.” To love, and to find creative ways to express and share that love, is what brings the greatest reward.
Let me give you just two more from Satchel. “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” And then,
“I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.” So find something that brings to you what baseball brought to Satch. And bring to that something what Satchel Paige brought to baseball. And to all of us.
Two little pieces of wisdom I want to pass on to you, both of which somebody gave to me at some point in my life:
1.) Many things have been done, but not much has been done well. Do a few things, do little things – but do them well.
2.) Second, a word of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson on what it means to succeed:
To laugh often and love much:
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived…
This is to have succeeded.
All the best for your start in the “real world”!