The Commencement – Part 1
This weekend is hugely significant.
It’s Easter, but that’s just part of the story.
This weekend will conclude the active writings in this blog with three posts, today, tomorrow and Sunday.
Why will things ‘end’ on Easter Sunday? One of the most read posts of the hundreds now on this blog is the very first one…Easter Sunday and so it begins. It seems only fitting that two years later on Easter Sunday 2012 we would mark the next chapters in our lives and this blog.
But is it really an end or a Commencement? Many Universities call their graduation ceremonies Commencements.
Look at the Dictionary.com definition of the word:
- an act or instance of commencing; beginning;
- the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
- the day on which this ceremony takes place.
What strikes me about this word is that commencing means the beginning, even though Graduation is really considered a conclusion of studies by many. When we think of graduation, we often think of ‘the end’ in terms of the end of studying, exams and being finally able to cross the stage and be acknowledged for the work that has been done.
When you really think about it however, Commencement is the perfect word. Yes, as a graduate you are celebrating the conclusion of studies, but in the big picture, you are just beginning.
For us, (and I know many of you), this two-year mark is not without notice. We will never ever forget Chris. He and Be The Best have become a core in our lives. You could say the last two years have educated us how to live with the Be The Best thinking, how to fail, how to dust ourselves off, how to make another decision, how to push forward and how to win.
We are then indeed ready for a Commencement of sorts.
This is truly the beginning. The beginning of a new chapter. New goals, new decisions, new challenges…all with the increased knowledge we’ve gained during the past two years.
Now, I can’t move past today without acknowledging Good Friday. It struck me these past few months about the documented accounts of the crucifixion story. Regardless of religious background, bear with me for a moment. Jesus was identified as God’s Son and in the moment of utter darkness on a cross and losing his earthly life, he did not say, ‘Hey, this is great God, I like this plan.’
He in fact is quoted as saying, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Wikipedia references).
For anyone reading who has gone through loss or experiencing these things right now, it’s perfectly ok to question why. It’s ok to be angry, confused, dazed etc etc. However, the story doesn’t end with the cross…it begins there.
The story of loss doesn’t end with grief and loss in fact. It also, in many ways, began there and now a new beginning is peeking out from the clouds.
Friday’s only part of Easter.