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It's All Good

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Oct. 14, 2013

It’s that time of year. The fall semester is beginning. College campuses are swarming with students, buzzing with an intense energy, and hold endless opportunities. I loved the beginning of each new school year. After months away from school, I had relaxed enough to forget how draining the previous year had been. I was eager to see the friends I hadn’t seen over the summer and optimistic for a great school year ahead.

A new school year meant a new start. By the end of each summer, I had refocused and reenergized enough to convince myself that the new school year was going to be the best yet. Unfortunately, no school year went like I planned. There were plenty of ups but just as many downs. For each test I aced, I bombed another. For each presentation I nailed, I stammered through another. No matter how much I planned, assignments piled up, and I worked down to the wire. Not that I was lazy. That’s just college - busy, consuming, hectic.

It’s taken me a long time to learn that results don’t matter. Successes or failures, it’s all good! “Results! Always looking for ‘results’! You ask me for photographs, for facts and figures. I won’t send you what you ask, because (though I respect the opposite opinion), I would then think I had acted with a view to making good on earth, and where I want to make good is in heaven.” I’m not advocating for a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern towards earthly realities. I’m advocating keeping things in perspective and letting your faith inform your intentions and actions. If you keep things in perspective and desire accomplishments rooted in love, even when things don’t go as you plan your failures still have significance in the eyes of the Lord.

Your dignity and worth are not contingent upon results. Your value can’t be quantified in terms of earthly successes. Your life is about love, not results. “If you lose the supernatural meaning of your life, your charity will be philanthropy; your purity decency; your mortification, stupidity; your discipline, a whip; and all your works, fruitless.” Keep things in perspective, keep love first in your mind and the purpose of your work, studies, and college will become less stressful. Earthly success will take care of itself if you work with love for God with intensity and a spirit of sacrifice. When you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and do what my good friend Patrick always suggests, take a deep breath, sip some water, and pray the rosary. Remember, successes or failures, it’s all good!

 

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About the Author

Jeremiah Doyle is a freelance writer for Newman Connection.

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