It is graduation time. A time filled with excitement, anticipation, and, perhaps, a bit of fear of the unknown.
Every day can be a graduation time for each of us. When we do something better than we did before, we have graduated. When we accomplish a difficult task, we have graduated. When we conquer a destructive habit, we have graduated.
One of my favorite quotes is "Fail. Try again. Fail better." Failing better is a type of graduation as well. When I first started writing, I collected hundreds, if not thousands, of rejection notices, form letters without an editor's signature. Within several years, I started receiving personal rejections, occasionally accompanied by a personal note from the editor encouraging me to try again.
I was still being rejected, but I had graduated to a better kind of rejection. Then it happened: a sale. One sale turned into two, two into three, and so on. My writing still garners more than its share of rejections, but I have enough acceptances under my belt that I keep trying.
Graduating from high school requires hard work, discipline, and more hard work. Graduating every day requires the same: hard work and discipline. When we look for opportunities to do something better, to face a challenge, to develop a new skill or talent, we have graduated.
So, for today, I am grateful for graduations.