Johnny Isaakson, the Georgia State Senator spoke at The Big Dawg's graduation. I felt inspired to share his 6 secrets to a happier life with my own commentary (because what's so great about a blog if I don't get to babble?).
- Life Long LEARNING
He shared the importance of striving to learn more and gave the warning of how quickly education becomes out of date. I see that with technology daily, it is hard to keep up, but learning furthers our understanding. It helps us to be more compassionate towards others. So go read a book will ya?!
2. RESPECT of others
2. RESPECT of others
This one was a given. R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me. And treat others how you would like to be treated. All character traits we've been taught since elementary school. Such simple things, but why is it so hard for people to apply them in adulthood?
3. FAITH in God
He tiptoed around this one because he mentioned how he was speaking at a public university, but he encouraged the exploration of faith. He told the new graduates to seek out faith and to allow it to change their lives, to the cheers of many in the audience!
4. GIVE BACK and in the service of others, and institutions that have served you and what you care about
He encouraged the us all to give back to those who have gone before us, taught us about life, those that support and have uplifted through the difficult times in life. To give back to those who once helped and to give unto others what has been given. Not to digress, but digress I shall... my dad speaks often of his mentor in college, the one who told him to seek out further education through obtaining a Master's, he sees now how crucial that step was in creating the life we now have as a family. Because he was once mentored, he now mentors The Big Dawg in more ways than one.
5. LOVE your family, friends, and associates
I became overwhelmed during this part of his speech. He mentioned showing love and appreciation to those who helped the students get to where they were that night, on those seats, in that stadium. There were many nights The Big Dawg and I stayed up into the wee hours working on papers. Many tears have been shed for his degree. Traveling between two different cities has never been any fun, but we knew the sacrifice for education would be WORTH IT. We are showing love to our son and future babies by obtaining the best in education, by seeking out higher learning and by letting nothing stand in our way of success.
6. ETHICS, aka Doing The Right Thing no matter what
Family members who read this blog know my nickname from a young age was "EP". Ethics Police. It's a joke told often of how I would walk into a room and curse words were silenced, cigarette butts were smoldered, and alcoholic drinks were replaced with coke cans. All in the name of the EP.
Doing what is right is easy. Being honest and forthright comes easy to those who practice it. What's that saying from Mark Twain? Ah yes, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything".