Main stage, bright lights shining. Caps and gowns flowing. Pomp and Circumstance playing. Tears flowing.
Had the honor of being the commencement speaker at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, their 500 graduates, and more than 2,500 family and friends. It was an incredible and emotional evening.
The commencement address I shared focused on reminding these graduating nurses, therapists, technicians, and administrators of the ability they possess to become part of someone else's miracle each day; that it would not always be easy; that the passion they're enjoying tonight would be tested, but in the end, their work, their relationships and their lives are sacred, they are worthy, and that the best of their lives remained in front of them.
As I took this picture, the person sitting next to me leaned over and said, "Cool view, huh? Not many people get to see the room from this perspective."
So, if YOU, my friends, had an opportunity to speak to a graduating college class, what message would you share with them? Lmk! I want to hear from you! J
“We found ourselves in parachutes floating down over enemy territory.”
Captain Charlie Plumb had 74 successful missions in Vietnam. On what was meant to be his 75th & final: His plane was shot down.
What got him through captivity? "My purpose - getting home to my bride."
When he was freed 6 years later, she was engaged to another man. Charlie was never bitter. “How could I be? Planning our life got me through prison. 24/7 I thought I might die. [Now, I’m free].”
I first heard Charlie’s story as a boy and it laid the foundation for me to vulnerably share my story, too. In honor of #MemorialDay, let's celebrate Captain Plumb, an American Hero. Charlie will inspire you to never take your freedom, or your life, for granted:
"Home is not a place, but rather, the people you love." - Jodi Picoult
The concept of 'home' has been on my mind a lot recently. And a conversation with a gentleman earlier this week reminded me that 'home' has a lot less to do with the physical structure in which we reside, and much more to do with the people we do life with.
So whether you're in St. Louis, New York, or the mountains of Colorado; in a mansion, a high-rise apartment, or a ranch house; remember this: Home is ultimately where YOU are, where the things that matter to you are, where your family is, and where your purpose is discovered.
Friends, I hope that you all find your home today.
"A house full of screaming kids, fighting teenagers and a parent who's being thrown every question and request is a healthy one to me. It's the silent children, scared toddlers, teenagers that don't come home and parents who aren't in communication with their children that I worry about. And kids don't drive you crazy, you were crazy already. That's why you had them."
Happy belated #MothersDay and early #FathersDay to all the crazy parents out there! J #parenthood #healthyhome #love #LiveInspired
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"A couple of weeks ago a child therapist that I know looked at my kids and said,
'You're such a good mum.'
Feeling like a total fraud I blurted, 'I don't feel like a good mum. The kids are driving me so crazy, I'm losing my temper and falling asleep at night wondering where I'm going to get the patience for another day.'
To which she responded with a statement that I haven't been able to forget,
'Babies cry, it's how they communicate. Toddlers scream, children whinge and teenagers complain.'
She continued, 'Then mums say the words for *** sake under their breath before responding. It's how we communicate. But guess what Con? It's better then silence. A house full of screaming kids and fighting teenagers and a parent who's being thrown every question and request is a healthy one to me. It's the silent children, the scared toddlers, the teenagers that don't come home and the parents who aren't in communication with their children that I worry about. And kids don't drive you crazy, you were crazy already. That's why you had them.'
And just like that, I felt like a good parent again.
Deep breaths, you're doing a good job."
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Credit: Constance Hall