It is that time of year again when preparations are being made for graduations of all kinds, from kindergarten to college and many other notable achievements in between. It is a time for congratulations and celebration of milestones. It is a time of reflection and a time to look ahead, always moving forward toward the next goal.
I am a collector of stories. I amass post-it notes and journals full of quotations. Many of them are words of those far wiser than I, who have been there and done that and want to share with us their cautionary tales.
I have gathered some of those below and I share them with you in the hopes that they may quicken your pulse, touch your soul, make you smile, and prompt you to do the one thing you think you cannot do.
From Neil Gaiman:
If it is great, you should enjoy it. Don’t miss parts of the journey.
If you think something will be difficult to do, pretend you are someone who could do it.
Make a list. When you’ve crossed off one thing, do the next.
From Randy Pausch:
Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
The future’s not fixed, it’s fluid.
Sing the melody line you hear in your own head, remember, you don’t owe anybody any explanations.
From Bill Cosby:
Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.
Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it.
From Maya Angelou:
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
From Steve Jobs:
You cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.
You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.
From Dr. Seuss:
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
From Mary Schmich:
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.