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Unclassified Info: Advice through the shucks of an oyster

June 21, 2012|By Gary Huerta

I'd like to offer the graduates in our area a belated congratulations and a tidbit of advice — because you haven't received enough of that in the last couple of weeks, right?

Over the past couple of years, my message to the cap-and-gown crowd has focused on getting some sun and enjoying the brief summer respite before life hits you right in the face with a fire hose.

This time, I'm not going to weigh down my words of wisdom with a “don't worry, be happy” mantra. But I would like to examine another chestnut of commencement season: “The world is your oyster.”


I am reasonably sure that whoever penned this philosophical tidbit was the kind of eternal optimist who sees the glass half full. The outer shell of the oyster, while course and jagged, is unique and like no other. The meat can be prepared and eaten any number of ways, depending on your preference.

Its undiscovered pearl was probably a metaphor for your life — its riches just waiting to be discovered from within. It is a thing of beauty made so only through the passage of time.

To the glass-half-empty pessimist, the oyster is something nearly impossible for an amateur to open without getting one's hand sliced to ribbons by the shucking knife. Once you get out of the emergency room, you have the same culinary options, but without proper experience, you could serve yourself a tainted morsel that could have you feverish and vomiting for a few miserable days.

And more likely than not, your oyster is not going to have a pearl — someone else got that one.

The wisdom I'm trying to impart via the shellfish is this: Your life is going to turn out exactly as you see it.

If you want to see your life as a shell you can't crack open without frustrating and hurting yourself, it will be that way. If your every endeavor is shaded by the imminent threat of discomfort and disease, it will be yours. And if you are prone to believe you will choose the oyster with nothing of beauty and value within while others get the pearl, why would you be surprised if that is exactly what you get?

If, on the other hand, you see your life as a completely original thing of beauty, filled with opportunity and waiting to be opened, it will be. You want your options to be varied and vast? It's your choice. If you believe your life will contain the pearl, it will.

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