In a recent commencement speech at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, English teacher David McCullough, Jr. told the graduating class that “they were not special“.
His speech went on to let the kids know that although they were not special, they were, as our founders said, endowed with inalienable rights, including the pursuit of happiness.
I remember opening Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life and being surprised by the opening line: “It’s not about you”.
In talking with His disciples about who would be greatest, Jesus cuts through the confusion and grounded his followers by telling them “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all”.
Self sacrifice, service to others, the pursuit of happiness. All qualities of a life well lived.