by Matthew Lee '15
From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
This semester is coming to an end. Fittingly, Providence is steeped in snow. For some, it is already over. The rest of us have exams to take and papers to write.
Yet we will all wonder where three and a half months went. I hope that you can say it was spent laughing with friends. I hope you can say you that you climbed mountains and reached new plateaus with the people you care about. I hope you can say that you made a smile happen everywhere you went.
At the top of this post, Einstein reminds us that we are all interconnected and that our lives are only as meaningful as they are to the people we touch.
I am humbled. Far too often have I staked out on my own, inconsiderate and inconsiderate of the notion that I am the sum of my interpersonal interactions. I have wasted so much time this semester because I have not shared myself. When all is said and done, thoughts that were neither shared nor realized into actions will not have impacted another individual. They will not have mattered. I hope you can say that you were not like me.
In the midst of studying, of paper writing, do not forget that we are all in this -- finals period, Brown, winter in Providence -- together. Make a smile happen. Support others in their struggles and show your gratitude to those who support you. Make time to say goodbye to friends.
By the end of the week, it'll be over.
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more."