I attended my mom’s kindergarten graduation last night.
Don’t worry. She wasn’t the graduate–she just happens to be a kindergarten teacher.
Kindergarten graduations are a curious thing. The little scholars get a diploma, sing a few songs, eat some cupcakes, and then complete eleven more years years of law-abiding education. Why is there a celebration if nothing tremendous is completed, like twelve years of education or walking on the moon?
I think this notion is where the celebration lies–nothing really has been completed yet, and that’s whats so exciting. These little kindergartners, these pint-sized humans, are filled with promises yet to keep, possibilities yet to be discovered. They have the potential to be anything. They truly do. And that is something tremendous to celebrate.
The kindergartners sang such an inspiring song last night; I don’t know the name of it, but I know I was almost on the verge of tears because it was so simple and so sweet. Here’s the first little bit of it:
“I am a promise! I am a possibility! I am a promise with a capital “P.” I am a great big bundle of potentiality!”
How awesome is that? It’s so optimistic. It’s so true. And it was incredibly cute–kindergartners don’t really sing, they kind of yell the lyrics, so it was a very “in your face” message of promises, possibilities, and potentialities.
Even though little kids inevitably have this comfort of knowing that their future is limitless, we can have that same mindset when it comes to our own lives. The only day that really matters is the day you’re in–it’s like what my girl Alice from Alice in Wonderland says: “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” We start each day new with a bunch of promises and possibilities not yet fulfilled. It’s up to us to make the most of them.
Now. Let us begin our days with the mindset of a kindergartner: be filled with promises and possibilities, take a hold of your potentiality, and be sure to have your afternoon nap.