Bridgehampton, NY – Yesterday during a rainstorm, I gave the 104th Bridgehampton High School commencement address to the graduating Class of 2015, and I couldn’t have been prouder.
Although my main message was (what else?), to follow your heart, be happy, change slowly, and every day for the rest of your life, do the math of One Less. One More., I also spoke about seeds.
You see, the graduating class of Bridgehampton High School consists of four students. Just four. And yet, even though there were close to 100 people in attendance under the big white tent, I kept hearing an underlying tone of being a small and “little class.” If you went deeper and listened closely, many were apologizing for what they felt would be an unimportant and insignificant event for me. Nothing was further from the truth.
Ego does this. Ego is the loud voice in our head that constantly judges and looks for reasons to compare us to others, mostly with the result of feeling bad. Ego always wants more, bigger, better, to judge ourselves and others as somehow better or worse, richer or poorer, black, white, gay or some other false, useless standard or measuring stick. The difference comes when we shift from our judgmental head, to our open and compassionate heart, seeing every person and every moment as a miracle, a gift.
I started my speech yesterday with the reminder that you can always count the number of seeds in one apple. That’s the math of the ego. Yet, when we come from the heart, we see the wonder in each apple’s potential, and realize in awe, that we can never, ever, count the number of apples that will eventually emerge from one seed.
Yesterday I stood before four beautiful, glorious seeds: Hayley Lund; Daniel Denton, Claudio Fiqueroa, and Jada Pinckney, the 2015 graduating class of Bridgehampton High School. Regardless of the class size, when these graduates go out into the world, and courageously choose to follow their hearts and pursue their dreams, goals and desires, they will meet with unimaginable success and happiness, simply because they are fulfilling their purpose as a glorious, abundant, universal seed of pure potential.