June, the big month of graduations, is almost gone. As the next stage of life unfolds for my daughter and many other graduates, here are a few words of advice from this mom. Although somewhat clichéd, they are from the heart:
Life is not a checklist to be checked off, nor a race to be run.
The world needs your unique gifts and perspective, so be you.
Always speak the truth, but with good intention and at the appropriate time.
Strive to seek balance in your life.
Don’t underestimate the power of what one person can do.
Know your worth – never undervalue what you bring to the table, whether in personal or business relationships.
Appreciate the gift of every single day.
Don’t let material goods define who you are.
Nothing is more important than your health and your family.
Live a life of gratitude.
Remember, there are always two sides to a coin.
Success in life is made up of small, continuing successes – it’s not a big onetime thing and there is no limit to the amount of success in life that you can achieve.
Only the attainment of your dreams and your goals determines whether you are successful.
Let your actions define your character more than your words.
Have respect – for your body, for other people’s property, for other cultures, for the planet . . . .
Live in the present – you can’t change the past and the future isn’t here yet.
Write your story – it’s your life, no one else can write it for you.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – learning from them is sometimes the only way to grow.
Have compassion – as it’s said, “What goes around comes around.”