Assets In Action: Simple tasks to make life easier

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I will give a nod to Editor Rory McClannahan of the Mountain View Telegraph. He wrote an, “Uninvited graduation speech” and I thought it would be fun to do the same.
The members of the class of 2014 were the incoming seventh graders when we began the Change of Heart program.
Back in the day, we trained the entire Hawk team all at the same time. My husband still blames me for the flu that went around during that time, since we did so much sitting on the floor.
So in my wisdom, what would I have to say to our future leaders?
Be kind. It really is one of the easiest things you can do and doesn’t cost a thing.
Next, I would say love whoever you want. Don’t let the rules of others tell you what your heart should do. If you have good communication and thick skin, don’t let race, religion, sex or geography keep you apart.
Life is not easy and once you understand that, than everything else isn’t such a big deal.
Stand your ground and sometimes you have to keep your mouth closed until you can to do it. Bullies continue to exist, sometimes they are stealth, but if you are doing the right thing, confide in a friend and hang in there.
Have a few really good friends instead of hundreds of pretend friends. Confide only in them and no one else. If you tell everyone all of your woes people will not want to be around you.
Let things roll off your back, like water off a duck. If you get knocked down and stand back up, you will be stronger for it next time, even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time.
Make googly faces at babies while waiting in the grocery store line. When you get a smile back and no one else sees you do it, you will feel like a million bucks.
When your adult life permits, get a shelter dog. No one other than your mother loves you that much, and he or she won’t care if your room is clean.
Keep a jacket or sweatshirt in the car. You’ll always be so happy when you remember you stashed one there.
When you have children of your own, only spoil them with your time, it will never be a mistake. Hopefully, they’ll return the favor when you are old.
Get paid to do what you love, so that any day at work makes you happy. It really doesn’t matter how much money you make, as long as you enjoy the people that surround you.
Volunteer to make the world or even one person or one animal’s life a little better. There is something you can do that utilizes your skills, passion or time.
Be kind. Remember it really is one of the easiest things you can do. God’s speed, class of 2014, keep in touch.