I was rummaging through some decades old cards, papers and photographs and came across something one of my teachers had given my 8th grade class. It popped up at just the right moment in my life. Strange how that happens sometimes. Things from the past come to the surface and somehow provide a little bit of comfort.
So I thought I would share it with you…
May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.
May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.
Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.
May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours everyday of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.
Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.
May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.
May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.
Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.
May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another’s judgement of your accomplishments.
May you always feel loved.
~ Sandra Sturtz Hauss