Once we left the temple, we celebrated Kaycie (& mom’s birthday) with lunch at one of our favorite family spots and then it was straight to campus to get good seats for graduation. Or … at least get seats.
This translates to lots of waiting.
But it felt good to just sit there and take it all in. My own college graduation ceremony had been right there in the same arena seven years prior.
A lot has happened in seven years.
And while I’ve always had a soft spot for my alma mater, last week, my love grew ten-fold. I. really. love. that. place. I love how clean and bright and light it is. I love the memories and friendships I made there. I love the education, both secular and spiritual, I received there. And I love what it stands for.
“Enter to learn. Go forth to serve.” That’s the motto of BYU.
As I was reminded of that throughout the ceremony, I began thinking about where I’ve come from, what I’m doing now, and where I’m headed next. I never could have imagined that I’d be where I am now when I left BYU. I had no idea what was in store. Both the good. And the bad.
Elder Richard G. Scott, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, delivered the keynote address. In his remarks he outlined ten principles, a formula per say, for a life of happiness. While I realize he was speaking to the graduates, I think it applies to all of us. And it was good for me to compare my life to his list.
- Establish a set of principles to guide your life … principles like faith, service, obedience, integrity, etc.
- Don’t make exceptions to your standards
- Be loyal
- Live so that the Lord can guide you to where He wants you to serve
- Serve others
- Don’t complain
- Always have a Church assignment
- Go to the temple
- Use the Savior, Jesus Christ, as your example for life and never make exceptions to this
Since graduation, I’ve thought quite a bit. And I’ve tried to pay attention to every minute wave of inspiration and revelation that has come. Most importantly, I need to figure out how my life, my current path, the talents I’m using, and the opportunities I’m pursuing are blessing others. Am I “doing good” or am I just cruising along and paying the bills? Am I using what I know and what I do to help another person in some way? I need want to take seriously the blessing and responsibility it is to be a graduate of Brigham Young University.
And … I’m wondering. If maybe. Possibly. I. Sort of. Want to go back to school? I have never–and I mean never–wanted to go back for graduate schooling. And I don’t know that I will. Or if I even had a good enough GPA in undergrad to get in. Or if I could pass the GRE. But. I wonder. Maybe?
Last week I felt a small inkling of maybe. Maybe that’s something I want to do. Or maybe it’s something I’m supposed to do. Maybe.
As we walked around campus, I could see myself there again. And part of me wanted to be there again. So. We’ll see.
Either way. I just really love that place.
(Isn’t she so beautiful? I’m so proud of her.)