The minister that performed the service was an eloquent speaker, who delivered a moving message. She told the graduating class to go out in the world and remember to always do two things each day. The first was to try something you are afraid of--step out of your comfort zone. We often go through life, sticking to a routine, and don't seek out new things because of fear of the unknown.
"But the most common fear to really block us is simple uncertainty – our uncertainty about whether it will work out or not. After all if you were certain it was going to work out, what would stop you then?
The most annoying and wonderful thing about life is that there are few certainties – the only certainty being death itself. Don’t let the fear of uncertainty (not knowing the outcome) get in YOUR way. Instead get OUT of your comfort zone and begin the life you truly want.
Stretch yourself. Take a risk. Try something new. If you succeed – wonderful. And if you don’t, you’ll learn something else instead – the vital skill of handling failure (and believe me, if we all were OK with failure, life would be much more fulfilling and exciting!) Worth going for don’t you think?"
The second thing the minister told the students to do each day was play. Spend some time daily doing something fun, energetic, and/or creative.
"It’s so important to experience the carefree perspective of a child every now and then as a break from our serious, ‘rule driven’ adult mind. What’s more, it’s easy to do – you just need to think of ways you can tap back into your inner child and let it play without boundaries, so that creative expression is a regular part of your daily life.
Have you noticed how kids can have FUN and play, without putting limits on their expression, or the output of their playtime? As adults, we often feel that our time spent making or creating something, has to be within the boundaries of what we deem will be ‘useful’, make money or have a reason for ‘being’. We put ‘rules’ around what should be ‘play’ time.
Kids don’t think like that and they’re a whole lot happier for it. I’m not saying your whole LIFE should be like that, but certainly an hour or two a week (or, ideally, a day) will bring you a huge sense of freedom and satisfaction."