On the Closing of One Chapter and the Beginning of Another

I am still in shock that after 20+ years of school, it is all over. On May 22nd, my Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration degrees were conferred from Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School, respectively. On that day, I made good on promises to myself, my parents, my ancestors, and the rest of my tribe.

Now, as I look toward the bar exam, I feel some trepidation, but at the end of the day, I am the grandchild of illiterate farmers. If in 2 generations, my family could strive to move from illiteracy to high school to law school, is there any question that I, and you, have it in us to make something amazing of this new season of our lives? Please sit back and think about the last time you closed a chapter of your life and opened another, or even if it’s happening right now. It’s a time of renewal and self-discovery, a time where so many doors and windows are open that our heads should be spinning with all of the looking around!

As I remind you, I remind myself that in these moments of transition, it is essential to come up for air, take a breath, and give yourself a hearty congratulations on a job well done. Practice gratitude. Journal about it. Don’t just let it pass, because that is how each promotion, each graduation, each certification, and each life event becomes the next goal post, with nary a moment spent to enjoy the achievement with which you stand eye-to-eye.

So, as I say that, I say this, enjoy moments of transition and stop to mark them!

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