Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

To all of the new graduates this season--Congratulations.  And to your parents--Job well done.

Ten things I would say if I gave a commencement address. 

  1. Be the solution not the problem.
  2. Be patient.  Getting there first isn't all it is cracked up to be.  And you will miss so much.
  3. Don't be afraid to fail--you will.  And what you learn from those failures is priceless.
  4. Share your time, talent and treasure.
  5. Nourish your spiritual life.
  6. Learn a new word everyday.
  7. Always listen to opposing points of view.  You never know what you will learn.
  8. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  9. Enjoy and embrace each day you wake up.  Don't waste a minute of it being negative.
  10. If you weren't blessed with a family that surrounds you,  make your own family with kind, loving people.  Don't demand perfection just love.


  1. Such a wise and wonderful list!

  2. This is a great list. I love # 10 in Making your own family. We can chose our friends but not our family so sometimes we just need to make our own. And the most important one on your list (in my opinion) is to learn to listen to others opinions!!

    1. Thank you. I thought at first these ideas were commonplace--and they are. The ordinary makes my life richer.