Alma Mater: Life is not Simply About Success

Daily Prompt: Alma Mater

by michelle w.

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech

I am about to tell you something that goes against all that your education has taught you to think and do. Since preschool, adults have pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers. My generation has groomed you for success, to get into the best universities and snatch the most prized careers. Well, it is nice to have confidence, to fulfil your dreams and have a sense of satisfaction in your chosen field of work but that will not make you happy.

Just take a look at the generation that has gone before you. The all to common mid-life crisis is a testament to the failure of a life focused on career advancement to the exclusion of family. Men and women bemoan the fact that they did not have time for nurturing and loving their spouse or children. All to often family life crumbles to ashes, sacrificed on the altar of success. As for childcare, society relegates it to women who are often treated as second class citizens.

I want to yell out as loudly as I can  that raising children is definitely not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power and wealth. Exactly how you, the next generation, loves and trains your children will directly influence the kind of society that they turn create. Do you want a world focused only on the ruthless accumulation of wealth? Will you  create a race of humans who are becoming increasingly shallow, cold and cynical about relationships, family and love?  A generation of people who are more comfortable texting you their parents than speaking with you face to face in a warm, loving way? Family is crucial; it is the foundation of society. I pleased that my adult children, raised on a farm with little  technology are completely modern but they are open to life and family. They are beginning to grasp how important their young families are.

Just after his daughter’s birth, my son turned to his dad and said,

”Dad, I think that this is the best thing that I have ever done in my life.”

And , a year later, as his little daughter lay sleeping on his chest, Daniel said,

”Now I know why you and Dad had so many kids.”

Can you imagine that if you put family first, your kids will be  healed by love and set free to serve the world in and through Love? It would be heaven on earth. It would be the beginning of a revolution that would change the face of the earth. Only you, the next generation stepping into the world can reverse society’s trend and create a better world. In doing so, I assure you, you will be happier, more content and live longer if you treasure more than money and success.

20 thoughts on “Alma Mater: Life is not Simply About Success

  1. Said it well, dear friend, said it well! When I can add nothing to a post by my comment I usually say, “I let it stand!” I let this stand! God Bless, SR


      1. I think it is something about competition and goals.

        We should not measure success in money, that is the corrupted system for you right there, perverting the very base of your life’s purpose.


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