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5.18.2015

Commencement Address From Naval Adm. William H. McRaven


I learned about this last week (it happened a year ago) but, man, it has really stuck with me. In addressing the graduating class of the University of Texas, he had some advice which some thought quirky coming from a Navy SEAL During training, he told the audience, he and his fellow servicemen were all required to make their beds. It seemed to be a mundane and silly task at the time. But now, his first piece of advice to those about to make their way in this world is this: Make your bed.

"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

"And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

I cannot tell you how much I believe this. Many, many years ago, after a particular troubling time, I resolved to make up my bed every day.  I had no idea why I decided to do that because I never made my bed.  But now I know what was behind my newly found motivation.

When Mrs. LL and I got married, I told her I would have few requests and almost no demands. But I did have one: The bed would be made every day. I didn't care if it I did it or she did it or we did it together, but I told her that it was very important to me. And, I'll be dang, we've kept it up.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill Nye gave a commencement speech over the weekend where he said that we are all racist who will die from global warming.

Anonymous said...

Our Chancellor is a screaming stud....so proud to have him.

Anonymous said...

When I got married, I asked my wife to do one thing for me. That is, whenever I entered a roomful of people after not seeing her all day, that I hoped she would come to me. She didn't. We're divorced.

Anonymous said...

George W Bush gave a commencement speech over the weekend where he said that C students can become president.

Of course, with enough money and the right family ties, I guess that's true.

Anonymous said...

His whole speech was printed in the WSJ after he first gave it. I thought the speech was brilliant. Much of what you are taught in basic training applies to everyday life. Being disciplined and organized can be used to overcome what appear to be insurmountable obstacles. I agree with you on the making-the-bed principle.

Anonymous said...

Thought provoking and well said.

Anonymous said...

I cannot tell you how much I believe this.

This shocks me about you, but good job and I totally agree

Anonymous said...

Love coming home to a made bed---typically it's done by whichever one of us was the last to get out of it, or both of us.

Anonymous said...

Good post, Barry.

Anonymous said...

9:46 AM - Not all of us.

Some may survive global warming.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind the bed being made everyday if it were not for all the damn throw pillows. Takes me 15 minutes to move all the damn things.

Anonymous said...

My one demand of my wife is the manner in which the bed gets messy, not how it gets clean. And you don't get two more wishes, BG. Too bad.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Now that he is the new Chancellor of the UT System, does that make him a Rear Admiral? Thanks, I'll show myself out.

DF Aggie Smart Alec