Here in my college town, the campus is bustling with end-of-semester activities and preparations for graduation. Who better to give advice to graduates than the oldest and wisest Americans?
Verna, 91, wrote this “list for living” for young people starting out in life. It’s a good one to pass on to the graduates this month!
1. So many things in the world have changed since the time of my grandparents and parents and the earlier times of my own life, and I know that there will be lots of changes in your lifetime too.
2. I hope you will always take education seriously (I was a teacher) and become well-educated to be ready for whatever kind of work or service you will be doing.
3. I hope that you will respect your body- take good care of it and try to have good health.
4. I hope that the governments of the world will do a better job of getting along with each other so that you can experience peace among nations.
5. I hope you will be a positive thinker, not negative or cynical.
6. Look for the good in people and things, and fill your life with love, kindness, and thoughtfulness for others.
7. I would hope that you will know the peace and joy and courage that come from following a life of love and service- the peace that passes all understanding.
8. Your real success in life lies is the kind of person you become, not with how famous or wealthy you are, so my most sincere wish is for you to live the wholesome life that will lead you to make good choices along the way, to Reach That Star that you are striving to reach.
YOU CAN DO IT!