Bri Colorful

I’ll Tell You What It Means

Posted on: June 3, 2010

Life pulls me along at an incredible rate and the force of it all, despite the exhilaration, sometimes makes me long to return to the place where I had my feet on the ground. But if I did, would I still view it in wonder and pay the token for another ride?

I talked to my academic advisor today and she said there are some classes I’m not required to take. What this means is that if I go full-time from now until August 2011, I will finally graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in English (at the same time as my husband and sister-in-law). What a g-r-a-n-d day that will be!! It has been a struggle for me to learn to juggle new responsibilities since two years ago when I married, moved three states from home, and enrolled at Brigham Young University.

I am grateful for everything I have learned and continue to learn each day, most of which has nothing to do with English. A teacher in a class I work in today asked us a question at the end of lecture that truly struck me. He had been lecturing about Lincoln’s 2nd Inagural Address near the close of the Civil War. I cannot summarize his great words so I quote them here:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

The professor concluded his lecture with this question: what will we go forth and do after our education comes to an end? The sign on the edge of campus says “go forth to serve.”  He promised us this: “if you go forth from your University experience without malice and with charity, that’s how you can make a difference.” His words sunk slowly into my spirit one by one like burning pieces of gold. I knew he was right.

That is all I came here to learn.

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3 Responses to "I’ll Tell You What It Means"

BriAnne, I’m speechless. I love you.

Therein lies all the law and the prophets. Charity is the summation of all learning, of all lessons, of all trials endured. Charity is the summation of all holy attributes. Charity is takes the most time and effort to attain of all life’s best objectives. How wise of that professor to apply it as the final objective of a FORMAL education! Can’t count up the credits, stamp it and put a gradepoint to it, can you?

Beautiful post Bri.

I’ve heard the motto of most Universities contrasted as “Enter to learn, go forth to earn”

I have discovered http://www.ldsmag.com/ tonight. What a fantastic magazine. I subscribe to a lot of mags, since I can spend the funny money of frequent flyer miles on them when they would otherwise expire, but this is an online mag. that is actually worth reading (after your done with your monthly Ensign of course).

Check it out and let me know your thoughts on it.

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