Pearls of Wisdom

May is the month of commencement.  Excitement is plentiful and advice is churned out like flashy marketing swag.  Several of your friends are starting new jobs, one is volunteering in a remote village for a year, a few are vacationing in Europe, and you…well, you’re the outlier who simply wants the freedom to recharge in a do-nothing space.  Not everyone will understand this desire to pause and unwind, but grandma will.  Talk to her.

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Grandma might use her garden as a metaphor and talk about reaching for the sun and weathering storms.  Listen carefully as she offers pearls of wisdom, advice that’s more valuable than a new car or a six-figure salary.  After years of navigating a career path and raising a family, she’s got something worthwhile to say about choices that had nothing to do with a bucket list or a corporate ladder. 

Why not take the time to write your own commencement address?  Ask lots of questions before you begin.  What is the overarching theme in your life?  Who challenges you to be courageous?  What characteristics do you admire about your best friend?  Describe your real style, not a trend.  Authenticity--developed layer upon layer--is lustrous and true.  The world is your oyster.

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