Being a board member of Allegany College of Maryland, I have the distinction of being the part of tomorrow's graduation ceremonies. It is a wonderful accomplishment for the graduates as well as their professors and instructors.
I have been holding onto an article that I received a few weeks ago from my daughter. The article was written by Charles Wheelan and was published in the Wall Street Journal on April 30th; it is entitled, "10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You." Some of the 10 that are worth sharing are as follows:
2) Some of your worst days are ahead of you - you will face periods of self-doubt and failure, but work through them.
3) As you attempt to change the world, don't make things worse - do the right thing; you don't have to cure cancer but don't spread it either.
6) Read obituaries - these are short biographies that demonstrate that successful people rarely lead linear lives.
7) Your parents don't want what's best for you - they want what's good for you. As parents we want what is safe and comfortable; sometimes you have to take risks.
9) It's all borrowed time - don't take anything for granted; live life to the fullest.
10) Don't try to be great - the less you think about being great the more likely it is to happen and being solid isn't bad.
Congratulations to all of the graduates tomorrow. God speed.