Let There Be Light

Fiat Lux UC Berkeley
Fiat Lux UC Berkeley

Last weekend Sheryl Sandberg graced the UC Berkeley graduates with a commencement address so real, candid and powerful that I could recite many lines that resonate far beyond her message to the graduating seniors. The first time she spoke publicly since her husband's untimely death a year ago, she had heartfelt and profound wisdom to share.  While I wish I had driven the few miles across town to see her speak at my alma mater…I was happy to discover the beautiful live recording. If you haven’t heard (or read) Sheryl Sandberg's words, here is the link: http://universityofcalifornia.edu/news/sheryl-sandberg-speaks-heart-uc-berkeley-commencement  It’s no wonder this speech has gone viral. I find inspiration from women in all walks of life, and was so touched by Ms. Sandberg’s remarks I want to share with you a few of the lines that really struck a chord with me. I hope she keeps sharing her wisdom, gathered not only from her experience and accomplishments, but from her heart.

• "You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

• “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B.” "Lift each other up, help each other kick the shit out of option B—and celebrate each and every moment of joy."

• "I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, find the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void, or in the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.”

• "Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience."

• “It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”

• "We find our humanity—our will to live and our ability to love—in our connections to one another. Be there for your family and friends. And I mean in person. Not just in a message with a heart emoji.”

The UC Berkeley motto is fiat lux — let there be light — and Sheryl Sandberg reminded us all about the light within which will never be extinguished.