Lesson learned: Remain respectful of the many people that nurtured, guided and shaped you – simple or grand, modest or privileged. Acknowledge them and be thankful for the gifts of wisdom, generosity and love that they shared with you. Be mindful of the legacy of values and traditions that were important to previous generations of your family; respect and honor them. And remember the early days when times were hard, sacrifices were made and dreams seemed unattainable.
Pauline S. is in good company. I found her Pearl of Wisdom in numerous commencement addresses, baccalaureate reflections, blogs, Facebook pages, newsletter and newspaper articles. This simple yet powerful advice has been spoken by business leaders like Michael S. Dell; a Sudanese student, S. Asgedom, upon graduating Harvard University; President George W. Bush in paraphrasing President Harry Truman; academics like Dartmouth College President, James Wright; the best selling author and teacher, Frank McCourt; a Canadian politician, Judy Wasylycia-Leis; and Waun Ki Hong, M.D., Division Head and Professor at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Many credit family members and mentors for instilling this advice in them, just like Pauline did.