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Topic: Graduation (08/30/04)

TITLE: Graduating By Stages
By Jean Boulmay
08/30/04

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BUT, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE!” An eighteen-year-old did not speak these words of exasperation, I did, at the age of fifty-four.

Life has been a series of stages that fit perfectly fine at one point in time, but are soon outgrown. I have realized that when one stage is outgrown, I graduate into another stage. Some of the stages included; childhood, early adult, raising children, and deciding to enter the workplace. Entering the workplace was a very stressful stage for me, since all I was trained to do was make beds, change diapers, and bake cookies (The cookies proved to be EXTREMELY difficult to stay out of!).

With my children grown, and after years of unsatisfying jobs, I happened to look in the mirror one day, to see a grandmother staring back at me. An unfulfilled grandmother! Now, with fewer years ahead of me than behind me……it was time for the next stage.

“Lord, what do YOU want me to do?” I asked. But, since I am not always able to hear God’s directions clearly, I continued the prayer with; “Please open the door where you want me, and close the doors where you don’t want me.”

Fast-forward two and a half years, and here I am now. I have graduated from college, and right into another stage! This stage is exciting. It includes becoming a Court appointed Representative for abused children. This new stage also includes something very unexpected…..I am a Christian Writer. Several of my short stories have been published! This might not come as such a surprise to people that have enjoyed writing most of their lives, but I never wrote anything, until college classes Comp I and II.

Final graduation is not over until life is over. Graduation just means that we are going into another stage of life!


Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey09/07/04
Jean, Isn't it funny how often we do wonder "What's next?" Then suddenly we graduate to the next phase. Thanks for sharing.
Teresa
WENDY DECKER09/07/04
Jean, i totally agree. My story had the same slant. Congratulations on your accomplishments!
darlene hight09/07/04
Great testimony!
Rene Uys09/07/04
Jean, I so enjoyed this. I found it very inspirational aswell. Well done
Joanne Malley09/07/04
Jean,
So much truth to your article! Glad you are now in your "nitch" which offers you so much satisfaction.
Jo
L.M. Lee09/07/04
Jean your words are like water of encouragement to my soul.
Lovia Larkin09/07/04
Jean, I have been having the same thoughts closer to 50 than 20 and wondering what to do with myself. Thank you for your thoughts.
Rose Gingerich09/07/04
Great story Jean. Very encouraging! You're right we graduate in stages. Like God's will, which is a journey rather than a destination.
Blessings, Rose
B Price09/08/04
So true, and with each stage we graduate we need to pray that we've pass with the purpose GOD had in store for us.

thanks for sharing what we have all experience at one time in our life and if not we will.
Linda Germain 09/08/04
We've never met, yet I am so PROUD of you! Hugs and Blessings. You are doing great.
Desert Rose09/08/04
Jean, I agree with "final graduation is not over until life is over"
I truly believe that God put us here to learn (and to get to know Him better, so that we can truly Love Him) and it is always rewarding to do His will. I enjoyed your article!
Margaret Reed09/10/04
Well put! Your writing flows well.