To the Graduating Class of 2020
Be it high school, or college, there has been a unique set of circumstances that have changed your expectations related to your rite of passage and pomp and circumstance that you have worked hard and long to be able to celebrate.
DON”T LET THE CIRCUMSTANCES DEFINE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT.
While you may not have the prom, the parties, the last semester to goof off and to hang out with individuals you may or may not have in your life as you move through your journey, you still have this very moment in time.
SEIZE THE MOMENT ANYWAY.
As far as future plans go, you are being called on to adapt and be flexible in ways that you may not have ever thought of.
UNDERSTAND THAT LEARNING HOW TO ADAPT IS A KEY TO SUCCESS.
2020 was already a catchy way of remembering this marker in your life.
DON’T LET 2020 BE DEFINED ALONE BY THE HEALTH CRISIS.
Set your sights on new horizons and never be discouraged.
2020 VISION WILL SEE YOU TO THE NEXT STEP. 2020 IS BALANCED LIKE THE GLASS HALF FULL-HALF EMPTY.
Feel the frustration, the disappointment, the feeling of being robbed of your special day. But continue to feel the joy and anticipation of your future journey. You have reached the dialectic in 2020 -- the 'both-and' rather than the either-or thinking that gets people stuck.
HOLD ONTO THE NEGATIVE BUT FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE.
You will become resilient and you will learn the importance of life and you will never take any blessing for granted ever again.
YOU ARE STILL WHO YOU ARE AND YOU WILL BECOME STRONGER, MORE FOCUSED ON THE HERE AND NOW, AND MORE CONNECTED TO OTHERS BECAUSE OF THIS TURN OF EVENTS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE GLASS HALF FULL AND THE GLASS HALF EMPTY BECAUSE 2020 HAS BEEN BOTH AND HAS GIVEN YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE FULLY PRESENT TO YOURSELF.
Congratulations and best of luck and wishes for all the rainbows, silver linings and new beginnings to come your way!!
Food for thought: 20-20 vision is usually about hindsight, but we now have a new meaning for this phrase: it is about having a new perspective. A perspective that will make a difference. A perspective that will serve the individual and society. A perspective that will be lasting. There is no return to 'how things were'; it is about creating a new reality for the future. 20-20 vision is a powerful metaphor for getting things right and seeing things perfectly as they are and as they can be and must be for the future of humanity.