Three incredible words that define a joyful life

My son graduated from high school this year. It’s hard to believe I’m a father of a graduate. Where did the time go?

All the speeches given that day were very good. You know, all the standard stuff about seizing the moment and creating your future. Blah, Blah, Blah.

The best one in my opinion was given by the principle of the High School. She talked about  three important words they must never forget as they venture forth from the hallowed halls of school.

I’m not going to tell you what they were. I’m cruel that way. Yes, they were powerful. Yes, they were transcendent. But her three words, heck, any three words when taken together pale in comparison to three words I believe make all the difference in the world.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not some guy who thinks I have a corner on the market for three words.  I’ve just not found any that fully trump these three.

These three words have encouraged people throughout history to move through incredible difficulty and accomplish amazing things. These three words are the core of every significant relationship in life and play a role in peripheral relationships as well. These three words have the weight and wonder of eternity behind them. These three words are sometimes the only ones left to be uttered at the death bed of a loved one. They help to lighten murky thoughts and enliven despairing moments.

Taken together, they stand on their own. These three words together will endure after your physical self is long gone.  Not to worry though. These three words will propel you and your life beyond the physical here and now and transport you to the eternal there and then. They are the basis of joy.

Ready for ‘em? Here they are:


Love. Never. Fails.


I can’t be the only one who feels I have the three words to end them all. How about you? What three words would you give to graduates to make the most of the life ahead of them?

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