Spam, graffiti, angry words, vulgar words and inconsequential words blathered in non-stop verbosity can assault our eyes and ears daily. Is it any wonder we dismiss important words attempting to seep through to the cognitive center of our minds. Once in awhile, however, we internalize a certain string of words at a specific time in our lives, usually when crisis, contemplation or serendipity strikes, and we change.
Here, once again, are the mottos for this year’s high school graduates. Maybe, you’re at that point in life where one of them will spur change in you.
Northwood, Genoa: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice to find your own way is still relevant today. Who knows what you’ll discover? A new world like Leif Erickson or Columbus? A stronger you, you didn’t know existed?
Woodmore: In our hands we hold today, in our dreams we hold tomorrow, in our hearts we hold forever. (Anonymous)
If you want your dreams to come true, put your hands to work each day towards that dream. Neglecting to align part of your daily work with your dreams is a sure-fire way to watch those dreams pass you by, passengers on the oblivion express to extinction.
Lake: A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.
J.R.R. Tolkein knew the dream comes first. Then, from the dream, you create your reality and all you can do is decide what to do with the time given to you.
Oak Harbor: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward knew this to be true. There is no other way to live. Go aimlessly into the day and you may or may not luck into success. Go with purpose and faith and work hard and you will become who you want to be.
Gibsonburg: We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.
If you are young, you might not think this is true, but country singer Tim McGraw knows that who you are and who you will become is being influenced by your parents, siblings, friends, co-workers and rivals. Choose wisely those who will help you become the person you want to be.
Eastwood: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.
You have knowledge, ability, judgment, freedom and perspective. Now, take Dr. Seuss’s advice and decide where to go.
Waite: If it rains on your parade, dance in it.
You will not avoid failure and adversity just like you cannot avoid rain drops while dancing in an April shower. If you manage to do so, you have accomplished very little, because failure and adversity are the rain drops that allow you to flower. Get busy and don’t give up until you have failed 100 times at a thing. Dance. Dance. Dance.