It’s graduation season, a time to remember when it was your turn, or your kids’, or another graduation you’ve attended. Maybe you were invited to one this year, or several. Maybe this was your year? Congratulations!
This weekend I read a terrific commencement speech that was just right on so many levels. It was Memorial Day weekend, a day to remember the gift of freedom and how it’s been hard won and maintained; it’s a time to honor with gratitude all of our service men and women. The commencement speech was given by Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. He titled it, “Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training”
In this article I found gems of wisdom, beginning with the habits of the day, the first of which is to make your bed. When you make your bed, Admiral McRaven says, you begin the day with a task completed. “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
Did you make your bed today? I thought of this article when I made mine, and not only would those corners pass inspection, but it was a terrific way to start the day.