I spent the last two days attending three District 13 graduations. In that time, I have lost about a pound of joyous tears. Connecting your own emotions to each kid's story is an emotional overload. Add the bond created with teachers and parents who have raised them and you realize that you're fully invested. There is a perk that goes with spending the time to get to know a child's weaknesses and strengths. In creating that connection, they become a bigger hope than they realize. Part of being young is not understanding his or her individual value.
(See the graduation album here!
or tag friends on Facebook)
This value comes in the small interactions that happen though-out our day. These connections make a town into a community. The minute details are too many to list here, but take just a second to think about it. Who have you connected with today and have you considered the path that lay ahead of them? If you somehow cross directly into that path, will you help send them in the right direction?
To all the kid's that stepped up this week, I hope your path leads you on a great adventure. Life should truly be that, one that's uniquely your own, but still somehow shared with the people around you. Congratulations and enjoy the road ahead! We'll be looking out for you.