Jeff Hotchkiss

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Jul 01st
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Dear Graduate

Graduation season is upon us. Here is a little note I penned for Marjory & Jesse, feel free to foreword, cut, paste, copy & change to make it yours and share as you please. As grads become empowered and relax into their best life, things will get better for all of us =^..^=

Dear Graduate.  As you pass this milestone I’m taking pen to hand to share a bit of what I hope will help you on your path.

Want what you have and you will always have what you want.

Working hard does pay off; working smart pays off more. So, work hard in a smart way. Be ambitious and let that desire fuel you.

Ask for help and look to others for guidance. It's natural to want to do it all on your own. That is the long route.

Find (look for) ways to help others. Support others and contribute along the way and you will always be supported. You really do get what you give.

Give genuine thanks of appreciation when others help you. Most people just want to be recognized and respected. Thank supporters and they will be there with you all the way to the championships.

Obstacles in life are real, but remember, there is always a path forward even when not obvious. Don’t complain. Do what is necessary. Don’t cut corners. Stay positive, expect the best, keep working and be patient.

Don’t take things personally or act the victim. Sadly most of the time others are caught up in their own drama. It’s not about you.

Try not to be attached to ideas, things or compare yourself to other people. Knowledge is always evolving, things will come and go. Other people’s reality is never as it appears. Be compassionate.

Chase experiences and what brings you joy.

Play the long game. Invest. Be healthy.

Be creative. Think.

Find faith in a higher power. Whatever you call it, become familiar and friendly.

Focus on what you have to work with and figure out how to make the most of it.

Graduation implies completion; which is true, but it also implies the next step. We are never done. There is always more to do. Accept and embrace this fact. Make time to live and love along the way. Remember what John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you're busy doing other things."

People and situations can be challenging. Shit happens. Accepting (while making the best) these facts while making time to live and love along the way and you will be happy. Hopefully you will figure out how to make a living doing something that inspires and satisfies you. I love you. Good luck.

Inspired by the book ‘Putting Wisdom to Work, Practical Mindfulness for Maximal Living’ 2nd Ed. #pw2w


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