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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Finding the success that lies within

  • Walking through our kitchen, I can't help but feel excited for the students whose graduation invitations cover our refrigerator, and all their classmates too. There is so much in store for them! Even as my own children finish up another great year, or kids are graduating from preschool, elementary school, or college, all the opportunities that await them make it a thrilling time of year.
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  • Walking through our kitchen, I can’t help but feel excited for the students whose graduation invitations cover our refrigerator, and all their classmates too. There is so much in store for them! Even as my own children finish up another great year, or kids are graduating from preschool, elementary school, or college, all the opportunities that await them make it a thrilling time of year.
    One of my favorite books, especially at a time when people are completing a season of life and new beginnings are in store, is Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess. From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, the book addresses life’s ups and downs with great humorous verses and illustrations, while encouraging the reader to find the success that lies within.
    If I could offer this book to everyone, I sure would. To be a reminder that life may be challenging at times and is often a balancing act, but “you have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose”. Sometimes change and adventure is scary for young and old alike, but when we persevere and get out of the waiting place, “waiting for the mail to come, or the rain to go, the phone to ring or the snow to snow, waiting for a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance”, we can really experience what life has to offer, we can “find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing” and realize that in life “there is fun to be done”!
    Everyone has the potential to be the best they can be! There isn’t one best. It’s different for every person, so really nothing to compare. It’s more about what’s inside and how it matches with how we live. When we’re ready everyday, to notice what life has to offer; noticing all that is placed before us for one reason or another, pulling out our strengths to overcome and manage the “weather that may be fowl, or the enemies that prowl” will be a much easier task. The strengths are there. Just give yourself time and permission to find them.
    I encourage everyone to read this book, everyday! Much success and happiness to all those beginning a new adventure! You have within you what you need to succeed! “And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
    Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.”
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