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Class mottos: Inspiration for dark times


Dear graduate, you may be full of optimism today, but you’ll hunger for hope tomorrow. You may be full of energy today, but you’ll be shackled with lethargy. You may be full of enthusiasm today, but you’ll become a slave to routine.

All this is natural as life’s circumstances beat you down or you momentarily self-destruct due to your action or inaction. At such times, a seemingly innocuous string of words can reach down and grab you by the nape of the neck and pull you from the black hole of swirling despair. This rescue is only possible, however, if you are open to the belief you can change yourself; that you can stretch for your dream and not shrink from the fear of failure.

Here, for the 22nd year, are the senior class mottos. Hopefully, one of them will speak to you in the dark moments ahead of you and inspire you to, as Bruce Springsteen would say, “work on a dream.”

7) Eastwood: Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Move on. The future awaits. Dr. Seuss reminds us to keep the past in perspective.

6) Genoa, Lake: Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice speaks to the leader in all of us. Test yourself. Walk off the path and lead some project for which you have a passion.

5) Waite: Life brings us tears, smiles and memories…The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.

The only ones that last forever are the memorable memories. Remember this when you choose to take action. Don’t spend your time on trivial things you will not remember.

4) Woodmore: Behind us are memories, beside us are friends, before us are dreams that will never end.

Between the memories and the dreams are those who support you, console you, encourage you, inspire you, and, when you fly too high, bring you back to reality. Cultivate your friends. They can help you remember where you came from and where you’re going.

3) Oak Harbor: Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius knew this truth in 500 B.C. It’s still true today.

2) Northwood: Only as high as we reach can we grow, only as far as we seek, can we go; only as deep as we look, can we see and only as much as we dream, can we be. Your future is what you make it, and only those who risk going too far can possibly find how far they can go.

Risk. Don’t let fear stop you. Assume you will make 100 mistakes in anything worth pursuing. Hurry up, get them over with. Success could be one mistake away.

1) Gibsonburg: Don’t let life pass you by. Jump on it and enjoy the ride.
Note the active verbs—jump and enjoy. Life is a verb. Jump.


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