Look for a truth beyond your own accustomed ways of thinking and reacting; a truth of deepest reverence for yourself and others, which takes shape in your best and most creative responses.
We all want to be free, because genuine freedom grants happiness. So, what is that freedom from? I think that it is basically the freedom from our petty, greedy Self that transforms us from eagles into chickens.
“Not everything that’s countable counts and not everything that counts is countable.” (Einstein)
Perhaps it is by counting less in life, whether it be money/goods or whatever other people owe us, that we earn that which counts most but is not countable.Perhaps it is by storing this uncountable capital of Selflessness that we can really free ourselves and the world around us from the shortcomings of mercy, goodness and compassion and thus leave behind our Self something more than a hyphen between the two dates.
Having accumulated this kind of capital, you will ensure yourself genuine freedom: your happiness will not be threatened by anything, since it is what you ARE that makes you happy, not what you HAVE. The latter can be lost, not so the former.
To soar high your body needs to be small, but its wings must be large: the body is the Self and the wings are Magnanimity.
With all best wishes for a breathtaking life journey.
Plan your play, along with your work. As our connections get thinner–think virtual friends instead of real time ones–it’s more important than ever to plan to be with people and then stick with it. Let the play be a pretext for just being in each other’s company, sober if possible. (You want to remember those times, don’t you?) Make a plan, even a steady date, and then always show up. Don’t troll for better options. Don’t make alternative plans. Show up for your friends and bring your best game face–come to play, not to be entertained–and you’ll have better relationships, better perspective, and better work.
That’s it. Oh, and please hold onto your books. You deserve to have a personal library. You are an educated person now. (I always tell my students that. Ask them.)
Read newspapers every day. Subscribe to international, national, and local papers.
Then think about what you find there and decide to act. Write letters to your representatives, volunteer your time, march in protests, join a worship community, and pray for reconciliation and peace.
The world needs intelligent and active citizens who are grounded in faith. You may have already played parts of this role as a Boston College student. Now that you are about to graduate, you can look forward to the chance to explore new ways to strengthen your commitment to others.
At the same time, expect joy from your efforts. Studies show you will be happier when you pay attention to what is happening around you and when you contribute regularly to the common good.
I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated from college. I didn’t even know it had a name. And that turned out okay. Even what I did in the meantime ended up being part of what led to work that is fulfilling and speaks to people and issues about which I care passionately.
So—for those who are like me and don’t know, at least know that its OK not to know! Relax, reflect, pay attention to your passion. Do something good to make a living in the meantime.
Many blessings as you celebrate your accomplishments here at Boston College and move into whatever’s next.