Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Giving and Taking: Your Best Piece of Advice
I have always loved that this time of year always brings so many milestone passages, with each one seeming to bring a sense of newness, hope and promise. I recently congratulated one of the special graduates in my life who became a spring 2013 graduate of my alma mater university in Oklahoma, Northeastern State University in my hometown of Tahlequah. I realized that their spring passage marked 13 years since I took my spring passage across that stage to receive my master's degree. It made me recall many memories of the day I became a millenium graduate as part of the Class of 2000. I thought about not only pieces of advice I was given by loved ones as the day went on and my celebration continued at a graduation party in my honor, but also thought about what I had done with the advice I was given that day in regard to applying it to my life, my career path. Now no longer the graduate receiving the advice, I find myself giving my best pieces of advice to the graduates in my life at all levels, this year alone ranging from preschool into high school, vo-tech school, college and law school. It is always my hope as I impart the advice, that it would be something the recipient will take to heart and might even find applying to their life somewhere down the road. For me, some of my favorite advice includes my late maternal grandmother Grandma Cleva telling me to appreciate my school education, but also approach life through the eyes of the "School of Hard Knocks" and be able to apply an equal amount of common sense as I navigate through life. My late mother on my master's degree graduation day gave me a book small in size but big in inspiration, called "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". During the past 13 years since that day, with much of that time being since she has passed from this life, I find myself in times of hurriedness, stress or even in general times of normalcy, reflecting if I am actually enbracing those words of her advice to "not sweat the small stuff" as I go through life. I would love to know what are some of your best pieces of advice you would offer graduates in the Class of 2013? How have you applied this advice to your own life and/or career path?