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Things to Make You Think


1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.
2. The world won't care about your self-esteem as much as your school does. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
3. You will not make forty thousand dollars a year right out of high school and you won't be a VP with a car phone until you earn both.
4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss - he or she doesn't have tenure.
5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for flipping burgers; they called it opportunity.
6. If you screw up it is not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
7. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way cleaning your room and listening to you telling them how idealistic you are. So before you save the rainforest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation, try de-lousing the closet in your own room.
8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life hasn't. In some schools they have abolished failing grades, and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
9. Life is not divided into semesters, you do not get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
10. TV is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
11. Be nice to nerds, chances are you will end up working for nerds.
12. Smoking does not make you cool it makes you moronic. Ditto for purple hair and pierced body parts.
13. Living fast and dying young is romantic only until you see one of your peers at room temperature.
14. Get up when you fall down. Get up when you-fall down. Michael Jordan has missed the basket nine thousand times. MJ has lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times MJ has been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. MJ says over and over and over again, "I have failed, that's what it costs to succeed."


Graduates, in all other dimensions you are an improvement over any generations which preceded yours. Now, remembering these things, you can take it from here.

Written by Charles Sykes - Read on Paul Harvey News June 7, 1997

From Parent to Child

I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you. I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can "teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside. I can offer you advice, but I cannot. accept it for you.

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor. I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you the facts of life, but I cannot build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink, but I cannot say NO for you.

I can warn you about drugs, but I cannot prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I cannot achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I cannot force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make your morals.

I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God's family.

I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your lord.

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you Eternal Life.

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