“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Graduation Day 1970.
I was nervous and excited.
My friend Elvin and I were the student commencement speakers.
We marched with the college president.
After that day, we would not see each other for another decade.
Elvin became a lawyer practicing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
I became a professor at Goshen College.
Both of us pioneered new roles.
We met again when my father was very ill.
Our family needed a lawyer. Elvin was there.
The will he drew up allowed Mother to keep the Home Place when Daddy died.
I went back home to Indiana.
Elvin and I met again in 1997 when Elvin chaired the Mennonite Board of Education
Once more we stood together on a platform looking out at a large audience.
He inaugurated me into the office of college president.
We laughed about meeting again on a stage neither of us foresaw in 1970.
Name someone you know who has gone where there is no path.
Now think of one way you too have broken new ground. What is it about your life that you could not have foreseen at commencement?
I wish the Class of 2015 a life full of friends in time of need, surprises along the way, and jubilation in the end. Want to add a story or a good wish of your own? Please leave a comment below.