Today marks 7 days and 7 years since I graduated from high school. Wanna know something else that's quite interesting? Let's look at the numeric dates... I graduated on 5/17/05 and today (graduation day for one of the kids I mentor) is 5/24/12... Well 5 x 5 = 25 and 2 + 5 = 7 (5 represents May); also 05 + 12 = 17 and 1 x 7 = 7 (05 and 12 are the years). Now what is so important about this you may ask? Well it's simple 7 is the number of perfection and to me "Pomp and Circumstance" is a perfect moment. Ironically my older brother graduated from high school in '92, that's which Daily THOUGHT this is.
Anyways... What does "Pomp and Circumstance" mean? Well the general definition implies that this is a splendid celebration with ceremony and fuss. Sir Edward Elgar viewed it as a musical expression worthy of exceptional regard. He wrote the very popular song that we hear today at graduations, originally for the coronation of King Edward VII. Well what do we have here... another 7 (VII). "I guess it's safe to say that some things line up in life well before any of us even step foot on earth."
When we think of circumstance, we must consider the old phrase, what goes around comes around. In a time of culmination or commencement, we must reflect from which we came. "Daily we graduate into the next moment of time, leaving behind memories that we will never see again but emotions that we can definitely embrace forever." What is there to celebrate in life with all the circumstances that surface as we attempt to go about our daily routines? What are we moving towards in our lives? Are we remaining stagnant? How do you embrace the same emotions that built your character, on a daily basis?
This is the season to push ideas. This is the time to fulfill purposes and develop habits that will follow you into upcoming years. As an educator one is exposed to so many life situations. Kids tell you stories that you would never imagine were possible, especially at such young stages of adolescence. Personally I think to myself, what in the world lead up to something like that happening? We find some kids only eat when they are at school. We see some kids who battle depression, simply because they can't fit in. We see others attempt so hard to be different, that they fail to fulfill the requirements needed to graduate. And more upsetting, we find kids who come to school just because they have to... with no ambition of doing anything with their lives. This is the circumstance that we must change!
I have always been amazed at the wardrobes that are present during some of our most celebrated events. We look at prom, weddings, graduations, coronations, balls and dances and various religious functions for examples. "When we want to, our people will dress to impress and create amazing atmospheres simply because of the attire." My challenge for each of you is to dress up every situation that may come your way. How do you do that? Well it's very easy... "When an occurrence finds you, whether good or bad, address it with analysis, concern, respect and the future in mind."
Never assume because something seems to be going well that it will remain that way for a lifetime. There are proper steps that one must demonstrate in order to keep things in positivity. We have the right to live, think and grow freely. Never restrain yourself from learning opportunities and social advancement. We, regardless of skin tone, origin, religion, age or social status are all under one makeup that originated long before anything that we know of today was thought to be in existence. We must remember this when we address or interact with our people.
To all of those who are participating in the graduation experience at this time, I wish you well in all your endeavors. I hope that you will often, reflect on the experiences you observed and absorbed before your commencement. Those memories will serve as lessons for you in the future. Take your mistakes as stepping stones and allow them to propel you to higher heights in your destiny. Take you accomplishments and use them as guides to who you truly are as well, evidence that you have the ability to accomplish whatever you put your mind to. I believe in you! Now believe in yourself, for that is all that really matters!
Be safe and speak to someone that you don't know. Peace...