This is Water. This is Life. Are You Noticing?


If it seems meaningless, it isn't.

"...the most obvious, important realities, are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about..." (Wallace, 2005)

Perspective. Awareness. Choice. These simple words may seem meaningless when you first read them. But read them again...maybe out loud...what do they really mean?

Given that it is grad season, we are surrounded by clients, loved ones, and students in our communities who are celebrating the bittersweet excitement of the end of school and the beginning of a brand new stage.....but once the balloons are deflated, the parties are over, and "real life" starts...then what?

The intended audience of the below featured video was college graduates...but this is a message for everyone.

Whether a recent college "gradult" or not, we all experience this daunting and terrifying question of .... Now what??? during some transitional point in life - because life is full of them.

Change is scary, but the best part about change is that it usually includes having some sort of choice. And the choice here has to do with deciding what your life is going to be...

I urge you all to watch this video, and truly pay attention to the words, because this is what life is about....being aware, thinking, and choosing how to look at the seemingly mundane and meaningless parts about life. Don't become a victim of the day-in-day-out American struggle...we all have the power to create our own perspective, write our own story...and live consciously.

We love this commencement speech & video as it provides a refreshing look on perspective, awareness, and the innate human choice we have to decide how we are going to think, see, and experience the world...our world...and that, my friends, is true freedom.

"This talk by the late David Foster Wallace might just change the way you see the tiny, sometimes annoying, details of life. This was the commencement speech he gave at Kenyon College in 2005. The speech is published in a short book called This is Water."

Rachel Cord, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #89397

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