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Memories

This past weekend I attended my Moravian College Alumni Weekend… aka… Reunion weekend.  Interesting feelings came over me during the event…

I haven’t been on campus in about ten years, so it was great being there and seeing so much that is new.  Moravian College is in good hands and seemingly being well taken care of by President Thomford and the Board.

It was great getting caught up with long-time friends and re-establishing relationships.

When the scheduled events were over and just before I was ready to leave the campus, I decided to take a walk around the immediate area of the student union building.  The dorms where I had spent my last three years were just across the field and a short walk down the sidewalk.  As I walked the sidewalk past the ‘gym’, which is now housing a state-of-the-art fitness facility, and then approaching the dorms, I had an overwhelming feeling of melancholy come over me as I thought of the significant events of my college years.

The lower level of this dorm is where a bunch of us saw history unfold as the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan in their first US appearance.  We didn’t know we were witnessing history that Sunday night!

And three months earlier, during a class I was attending in Comenius Hall, we heard of the assassination of JFK in Dallas.  Where were you when you heard the news?  Everyone who was old enough to know about life, remembers that.

Lots of memories on this campus.  And what flooded my mind as I was getting in my car to leave was a thought of the classmates and friends we have lost.  Some, way before their time and some, more recently.

Yes, 45 years is a long span of living and life happening.  And it’s all pretty much that…Life!

It gave me a bit of a melancholy feeling leaving the campus and the weekend.  I had a wonderful and fun experience at Moravian and it’s always fun to return every so often.  However, it’s an obvious catalyst to thinking about stuff other than what’s happening in your life now!

How about you?  Have you been to a reunion lately?

Alumni News…How Does It Make You Feel?

Do you receive the alumni news publication from your high school or college?  How does it make you feel?  You know, when you read that one of the alums has gone on to do some great, wonderful thing and is world-renown.

Well, somehow it seems that my college alumni news contains information about a lot of remarkable people.

Recently, I was reading about a guy who had graduated three years before me.  I vaguely remember his name.  Well, he’s retired now and living in the Dominican Republic and has created this great non-profit organization to take care of orphans.  What a wonderful thing!  Wow!  Not everyone can put this in their resume!

Oh, and what’s more interesting was reading about the stellar advertising career he had, on Park Avenue in NYC for a well-known ad agency.  He’s the guy responsible for the campaign, ‘Got Milk?’  Yikes, a Moravian College graduate–famous!  Well, kind of.

So what about people who have gone through life and don’t have these kinds of accomplishments?  I realize that would be most of the rest of us.

Here’s the conclusion I’ve arrived at:  Not everyone has the same life-path as everyone else.  Not everyone will have the commercial success as some.  Some people have made choices to take them in a direction that may have been right for them and it just didn’t include fame and notoriety.  So what!

My belief is that we can cheer on the people who have carved out a life path that worked for them, whatever it is or was.  And in the case of the guy mentioned above, talk about giving back!  Wow, he deserves to be cheered for.

So what about you and the success you have had or not, according to the standards you have set?  Achieving success is different for everyone.

What are your thoughts?