Perseverance, Strength, and Beauty
Speakers at graduation ceremonies tell graduates similar things. Be strong. Persevere. Face the challenges. Enjoy yourself in the mean time. As I watched my father receive his Masters degree and as I thought about my own degree which I received a year I ago, I thought about how the lessons the speakers are trying to convey are familiar.
As I spend my days working with leather, I think a lot about its characteristics and the deeper meanings behind a high-quality hand-stitched leather piece. A good leather piece is durable- it withstands hardships and trials with poise and dignity. A well made leather piece will survive the storms. Not only will a good piece of leather survive, it will emerge more beautiful than before. The leather will age into a deep warm color. It will relax, gaining a sensual and delicious texture.
I hope to be a bit like my leather goods – strong, warm, and increasing beautiful despite the harshness of this world.
Give your grads gifts that reflect who they are- tough, brave, and unique.