On Thursday, there were a couple of thousand graduates in our local high schools who celebrated a chapter that has closed in their lives and the opening of another. A very small percentage of those former seniors were “my children,” and so I direct the following suggestions to some of my all-time favorite students who are soon to be embarking on their journeys. Some of you, having sat through my class, will note a familiar refrain, or harangue, if you will. The words are heartfelt nevertheless.
?Put physical exercise into your lives. Your love affair with technology should be tempered with a respect for the wonderful piece of work that is your body, which requires, if you want it to work well, that you balance the mental with the physical.
?Make time for silence in your busy lives. Turn off your cells and iPods and computers and listen to an inner voice that speaks more truth than all of the talking heads and bloggers and chatters on the planet.