Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sneezing out Inspiration

Just something interesting to kick off this blog. 
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing, and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. 
Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. 

This class would NOT pray during the commencements – not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. 
The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.  
The speeches were nice, but they were routine. Until the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened. 
All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!
The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said, 'GOD BLESS YOU’ And he walked off the stage.

The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a creative and unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the court's approval.(Picture and Text from

I learned two things from this: One, it's amazing how even from the most unusual things, people have the capacity to create. Virtually nothing can stop us to make something new out of something already there. 

Two, the impetus to create stems from a deep yearning for something. A longing to fill in a void, or to emphasize an excess. Without which, people will not even bother to create. Out of a search for one's destiny, people tell stories. Out of a longing for a family of one's own, people create visions. Out of a consummation of a "one true love", people make lives. 

And the bottom line of this all is called INSPIRATION. 

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