Graduation Parties and Words of Wisdom

I recently attended a high school graduation party for the daughter of a friend of mine.

Different people choose different ways to memorialize such events. Her older sister had everyone sign a chair when she graduated. It's a cool idea, but apparently there have been some logistical concerns of where to put it since then. So, on this occasion, a book was chosen. I, of course, like books. It's perfectly fine to just put your name down, and maybe a simple statement like "Good job!" or "Good luck!" But, I wanted to try for something that would be memorable and different. Something that could potentially act as a bulwark during those moments when you need such a thing. Perhaps it's too much to shoot for in a graduation book that you haven't prepared for or thought about. Nevertheless, I might have done it.

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Life goes up,
Life goes down,
Life is all around.

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When I read this here's what I think. "'Life goes up,' that's true. 'Life goes down,' also true, maybe more so. 'Life is all around.'" I take a deep breath, lift my head and look around with new eyes, and think to myself, "Huh, also true." And that perspective feels good.

I dare to hope that these three lines may also bring good feelings to another.


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