Sunday, September 21, 2014


High school will be the best and worst years of your life.

Those words were the key words that I hung onto from Mrs. Betsy Covington on Ethics Days last Thursday. But only just now did I realize exactly what they meant.

I may have forgotten to tell you. Last Thursday, Brookstone hosted their Ethics Day. We had a very special speaker, Wes Moore. You may have heard of the book he's written about his life, The Other Wes Moore. His story and words challenged you to think seriously about the impact you can have on your life. The world will not magically mold itself to you. You have the responsibility of decision. Some of those may weigh more than the others, and it's up to you to handle them right.

I remember being young and thinking that high school would be the haven of coolness that all the movies epitomized. Not a care in the world because you knew that life was guaranteed to be great and there were no strings attached.
But then I got to high school and the disillusionment was unbelievably powerful.

The future is daunting. Because soon, it sets in deep that high school is busy. And when it's busy, it flies by. And soon the future is very real.
That revelation can sometimes subconsciously fool you into thinking that you're on a precarious edge with every aspect of high school. One thing going wrong could impact you beyond how you know. Failure starts to creep up on you as a very real fear.

So I just wanted to say that you're not alone if you feel like you're the only one who feels shockingly overwhelmed right now. I've talked to a lot of people recently and we would find each other mutually attesting to the fact that high school just seemed so... everything at the moment.

Wes Moore told us, "I believe that this world is a world full of equal potential, but not equal opportunity."
I think we all may believe that without knowing it. And sometimes we go overboard in trying too hard to seize the most of every opportunity presented. And that only sets us up to be scared that we can't do it all.
When we have the opportunity to pave our own path, though, it's something that we need to take the right way. That pressure can be amazingly tangible.

I just want to tell you, you're not alone. Everyone in high school is feeling the same way you are feeling.

After Wes Moore spoke with us, we broke into sessions with speakers in various fields that told us how your ethics and morals that you decide on will matter in your profession.
Mrs. Covington is a philanthropist businesswoman, handling assets for Community Foundations. She told us that some time ago, she decided who she was going to be.
"I was going to be the woman that stopped her car on the side of the road and took in that stray dog," she told us.

And it was admirable. She is a very successful person in her career, but she focuses on defining herself as the person she chose to be. The compassion that is a part of her character was what she valued in herself way more than any income she had earned.

Because we may get too hung up on our accomplishments, as high schoolers. We think: this has to happen, I have to make this team/cast/membership, I have to achieve that grade/class/award. But Ethics Day told us that when we decide on who we are, and come to what we make of ourselves, that doesn't always means if you were the best in whatever you had to get done.
Did you found yourself on the morals you are proud of? Did you decide that your decisions followed the compass you chose to follow? Orient yourself, then make the best of what you are given.

Life can and will be frantic. Remember who you are.

If we use today's food art as a metaphor... Think of the red in the center as anything you want to put behind you. Sometimes it's just a lot easier to forget about some things once they're done with. Then look at the divider of oats. There's a clean slate of mind that you can adopt readily at any time if you so choose. Decide who you want to be. Then be fruitful in whatever decision you choose. Everything you do, when you do it with the right intent that you choose for yourself, look at it as something to be proud of. Be proud of whoever you are.

Measure your accomplishments by heart, not by achievement. Be successful when you are happy.

{A beyond delicious bowl of Chocolate Nicecream topped with Strawberry Chia Jam, Oats, and Grapes. Use raw cacao and blend frozen bananas for a guilt-free indulgence. Check the earlier posts for the ingredients to the jam. But oats, I love their chewiness when raw. It's a surprisingly delectable combination, Nicecream and raw oats. And grapes are basically the crystals of nature. Enjoy!}

Matthew 28:20 "'... And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"

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