Pastor’s Pondering – May 10, 2017

This week I’d like to share a commencement speech given by

my friend Wayne Meisel at St Andrews college in North Carolina:


With my apologies to Mr. Kipling, I came up with my own Ode.


“If, then… An Ode to the class of 2017”

If you’re thirsty, drink water

If you’re hungry, eat an apple

If you’re tired, take a nap

If you’re stressed, do yoga

If you need help, ask for it

If it hurts, see a doctor

If you’re overweight, walk

If you love someone, tell him or her

If you’re curious, explore it

If you know it’s right, do it

If you can help, help

If you’re angry, cool down

If you’re afraid, pray

If you can imagine it, create it

If you are at odds, reconcile

If it’s broken, fix it

If you want a garden, plant

If you make a mistake, own it

If you save money, invest it

If you bake a pie, share it

If you’re cold, put on a sweater

If you fall down, get up

If you graduate, keep learning

If you remember, say thank-you

If you graduate from college,

Have high expectations for yourself.

Share what you gain with others.

Create the world that lives up to your ideals.

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