Archive for May 12th, 2021

May 12, 2021

Dear High School Graduate

by Rod Smith

• Your High School career is ending; your education is beginning. Brace yourself.

• You didn’t get to cap-and-gown alone. Thank your parents, teachers, coaches, with abandon, even returning to thank your earliest of teachers.

• Your parents are the most important people you’ll ever know. Like it or not, they are perfectly designed to shape you.

• Learn about money and how it works. You will spend your whole life working for money, or, money will work for you. Which would you prefer? If you want money to work for you, save as much as one-third of every dollar you ever earn. Do this and money will see you are in charge. That’s when it will offer you respect and begin to work for you and not against you.

• You don’t have to choose the “right” university, the “right” subjects at tech or the “right” job. You’ll never get everything right. But, it is helpful if you are sincere. There’s no wasted time if you’re sincere.

• Before you can take the long, scenic, “road less traveled” you sometimes have to take the road most traveled. Embrace the ordinary until you are equipped to identify and enjoy the extraordinary.

• Too much too soon in any area of your life will almost always hurt and haunt you.

May 12, 2021

Emotional wellness

by Rod Smith

Emotional wellness, but for the severely unwell, is something you can self-monitor, much like you can take your own blood pressure. Nobody is healthy all the time; few are unhealthy all the time. Most of us have good and not-so-good days. May this column lead you to reflection and a day of joy and greater emotional health. Please don’t use these lists to classify others.

Healthy people: Promote freedom and discovery. They are open and clear about expectations, move on efficiently after disappointment. They forgive others. They are aware that they can be misguided and are open to correction. They are steered, guided from inner values and ambitions. Healthy people are grateful to others and know how much they need others. They try to keep their word and truth is important to them.

Less healthy people: Display jealousy, possessiveness, and revel in secrecy and gossip. They collect scars, wounds, hurts like trophies. They hold onto resentments and anger. They usually have to be right and win arguments and are shaped by outside pressures and others. They want to appear self made, as if they need no help from anyone, or they “leech” off others as if they are the responsibility of their friends. They tell lies quite easily, as if it’s normal.