August 21, 2009

the test

My mom sent me this newspaper clipping this week. It is part of an obituary that has has been floating around her desk for awhile. I am not sure whose obituary this was, but I wish I had known them. He obviously knew (and shared) the importance of living well and loving much.

"Honesty, hard work, going out of your way for others, doing the right thing at the right time, these are what will build strong relationships with others. And these relationships will not only bring you happiness every single day, but they will help save your life wen you need them the most. It is not possible to exaggerate the importance of family and friends."

He encouraged the students to create a vision for their lives and work tirelessly toward it.

"We cannot decide what happens to us, but we can decide what happens in us," he said. "How we take the raw stuff of life and make it a thing of beauty. That is the test of living."