Willie Spears

Willie Spears

Win At Home is a series of opinion articles written by author and motivational speaker Willie Spears. Learn more at www.williespears.com.

I flew from Panama City, Florida, to Houston, Texas, then flew from there to Wichita, Kansas, where my friend picked me up and drove me to Alva, Oklahoma. Like most towns this time of year, Alva was hosting a graduation ceremony.

Do you remember your graduation? I remember how proud my parents were and how I did not realize how big of a deal it was at the time. The goal of every child born is to graduate. The first years of our lives are spent trying to graduate from high school. After high school, some will graduate from basic training and others from college.

My Grandmother proudly displayed my graduation photo in her home. She was immensely proud of me. Graduation is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. The celebration is for the graduate and the support system that allowed them to reach this momentous milestone.

Union Springs, Alabama, will host two high school graduations this month. I am sure many of the graduates may take this ceremony for granted, but all they have to do is look to the class before them and realize the magnitude of the moment.

Last year most high schools did not have traditional graduation. It is incredible how much we take for granted. Whoever would have thought we would have drive-by graduations where the graduates rode in vehicles as their friends and family literally stood on the sidelines and waved?

Graduations change families. Graduations change the way we see ourselves and the way we see others. In two years, my first child will graduate. I am not ready. I just dropped her off for her first day of work. I was not ready. I do not like how fast my children are growing up, but I know one of their goals is to graduate.

You should have seen the happy faces of family members of graduates at the ceremony this past weekend. They are all winners. When a family member graduates, we all win at home.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Graduation contributes to a positive self-image. A positive self-image contributes to a healthy mental state of being.

Three ways to win at home

1. Celebrate graduates

2. Go back to school

3. Realize the value of accomplishments on self-esteem

I don’t know about you, but I want to win at home.

I am praying for you and your family.

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