The heart says: Look at who you are.
I am just arriving home from a fabulous dinner with our 18 year old son. He is at the University of Iowa a year earlier than planned. My husband, Brian and I are thrilled to see that he has adjusted to his new adventure so soon. We met to bring him his diabetes supplies that were running low. Pays off to be so close to home if for no other reason. His older sisters are far enough away that we could not just meet for dinner. It is at least a weekend journey.
We started our empty nest ahead of schedule and we weren't sure how we would adjust. We were planning on one more year with our son at home. It is amazing how quickly we adjusted to a new normal.
With three kids in college this year, we are often asked the question, "What are your kids studying"? "What do they want to do someday?" I usually don't know how to respond to that question, other than to mention what they are enjoying studying currently, and what they are thinking. But we know that all changes as they progress.
Brian and I firmly believe in the value of a liberal arts education where a student is freely given the opportunity to explore the bounds of who they are, what they stand for, and what God is calling them to be. We believe that God calls to you through your passions and directs you through your desires. If we could all do what we were authentically called to do, there would be so much more inner peace and less angst and frustration in the world.
That is not to say there would be no desolation, but it is to say there would be enough consolation to help one thought he dry and doubtful periods.
Isn't WHO you become far more valuable than WHAT you become? How often does it play out that the WHO you are opens far more doors and gets you how much closer to your dreams that the WHAT you are? I would venture to guess that it isn't even important who you know, unless those people truly celebrate the genuine person you really are.