It was the summer of…….’83! Yeah I know, the song refers to the summer of ’69 but I graduated high school in 1983! I realized the other day that it was 30 years ago this June and just as our theme song said, “Only time will tell”……For me the importance is not who did what or who married who……..but rather who stayed true to themselves! In the brilliant words of Dr. Seuss, ‘‘Today you are YOU that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than YOU.’ ….30 years ago, I reflect and remember this…….
I was appointed grad President that year and I took on the responsibilities with zeal & great zest! I wanted it to be the best year, the best memories made, the best experiences possible for all, especially me! If I had to endure another year of school and living in a small BC town, I was going all in!
It soon became evident that there were certain ‘ways’ that every grad class did things; from the ceremony, dinners, even fund raising was done ‘just so’ Being a strong minded and unconventional sort of person, I immediately set up a meeting with the school Principal. To make a long story shorter…..my curious mind & longing to understand ‘why’ we had to do things the same way as every other year, was surprisingly met with great receptivity from the Principal, which even to this day I give a lot of credit to. Instead of deeming me ‘rebellious, difficult, or demanding’, he saw me! A person with a strong preference for ‘out of the box’ thinking, creativity, lets’ do things….. differently! I would go on in life not receiving such ‘grace’ and receptivity from a few employers and mostly…….in the church as unfortunately many are threatened when others think differently than they do or question why things are done the same way over and over again (remember the definition of insanity? To do the same thing over again expecting different results….geesh!) Back to my story…..
From the location of the ceremony (it had always been held in the school gym), can’t for the life of me understand why! To fund raising (didn’t do the usual car washes & bake sales :) To arriving for graduation (some were so creative they actually arrived in helicopters!) All in all, it was a very creative, one of a kind graduation that was enjoyed by all. Once creativity is encouraged and routine and habit broken, everybody can be creative!
Knowing myself the way I do (and staying true to being me), as well as being a whole brain practitioner, I desire to assist people, all people, parents, employers, church leaders to name a few, to understand the importance of seeing the world around you, in all its wonder, in a whole brain way…..this will lead to peace, prosperity of soul, deeper intimacy in relationships and needless to say, a better quality of life.
Don’t wait, don’t hesitate to understand your brain preferences……..only time will tell!
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