Last weekend, my son Joey graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I am so proud of his accomplishments in just three years of college. In the fall, he is heading to Long Island University – Brooklyn to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He will be living all the way across the country from me! I am so excited that he has found what brings him joy and is taking the next step to fulfilling his dreams.
While I sat in the audience for Chapman’s convocation ceremony, I found myself thinking about what brings me joy. I too found what makes my heart happy and found a way to earn money doing it. I was particularly struck by the keynote speaker’s (Larry Wilmore) message to the graduates. Larry is a writer in the entertainment industry. He wrote on such shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and most recently Black-ish, just to name a couple. He said his goal was to never work again. What he was talking about is finding your passion and finding a way to earn money doing it. Even when you work in your passion or just every day living, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work or life isn’t hard. I loved the three phrases he used for persevering:
- It Is What It Is
- Do What You Have To Do
- Play Better
All three phrases, while very simple, have a profound impact on your daily life when you apply them. You aren’t always going to like every day – It is What It Is. Some days are overwhelming – Do What You Have To Do. And, somedays you will lose – Play Better.
I feel blessed in my family and what I do for work. Both bring me great joy! But, when life gets hard, these three simple phrases help me move forward and not get stuck in negativity. Find your path, find your truth and find what makes your heart smile – Play Better!