Last weekend my parents and I attended my younger brother’s graduation and cheered him on as he received his doctorate in physical therapy. We were all immensely proud of him. This was the first time I had seen him in several months as he was doing a clinical in Asheville, NC, his last as a student.
Among the many platitudes that day, there were quite a few pearls of wisdom from some of the guest speakers that I have been thinking about. One woman, a World Trade Center burn survivor, spoke of the bitter challenges she was up against and her steadfast determination to push through the physical pain for the many that didn’t make it that day.
“I resolve you to be brave even in the face of fear… For that is where you will succeed.”
Over the past few days I have given quite a bit of thought to the many gifts my brother received from his patients: sweet cards thanking him for helping them feel better than they have in years, generous gift cards, boxes of delicately wrapped handmade fudge.
And then there was the letter of recommendation from one of his professors at Stony Brook.
My brother has always been a bit on the shy and reserved side so to see him receive such adoring praise made me immensely proud of the fact that at his young age he has truly found his calling in life.
Since I graduated and started working in publishing more than 10 years ago, I can’t recall a time I received such appreciation for my hard work and late hours. Heck, I haven’t had so much as a raise in the past five years. In the nearly three years, however, since I started this blog, I have discovered a world of talent, unending support, and unconditional love from people I have never met.
We are met with so many challenges in a lifetime. Some big, some small. But what of all the things we are able to change with just a bit of positive thinking? How many of us feel stuck because we are afraid to take those uncertain steps to greater happiness?
It’s obvious what I need to focus my efforts on. My (not so) little brother’s graduation was quite eye-opening in the best way possible.
Dan, I wish you all the success in the world. Your big sis is so incredibly proud of you. XOXO
Happy fourth of July to you all! Hope you have something fun planned. I’m off to see Phish for two nights at Jones Beach. What are your plans?
Also, I am a semi-finalist in the Vogue American Beauty contest (I know, it’s blowing my mind, too)! You can vote as many times as you like until July 23rd. Please mention me if you share or tweet about it so I can thank you individually!