As I type this post I am preparing to listen to the keynote speaker at my only daughter’s Baccalaureate Service. 
As I wait for services to begin, I find myself wondering – if I only had a few minutes (less than 15 minutes), what would I say to the Graduates of this High School. 

My speech would include one main theme. Never forget, always remember each challenge and disappointment.  Remember that you survived each one and don’t forget how you were able to find your way through it.  Never forget the people who helped you (they are your support system) and the people who didn’t (don’t expect their help again).

Remember that you are stronger than you believe you are.  The key word is remember.  It is only the remembrance of what YOU ACCOMPLISHED that will give you the STRENGTH TO CONTINUE working on your SELF IMPROVEMENT.

Remember you are perfect as you are.  As you begin your new adventure in life, strive to be better for yourself.  Remember there is no one else like you and that is not necessarily a bad thing. But remember you can be anyone and achieve anything you desire because after all, we each put our pants on the same way. It’s the type of pants and the choice of leg to put in first which is the difference.

That’s what I would say.  What about you? What words of wisdom would you impart on a graduate?

Til next time,
“All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.” – James Allen, Author

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