This post is from 4 years ago, but I’m reposting it today because I think most of the advice is still appropriate today.–Arron
My eldest daughter is graduating today. As I’ve been reflecting on this important milestone, I keep thinking of things I want her to remember as she prepares to leave for college. Here’s some of what I want Ashton to remember:
- Don’t settle for ordinary, when extraordinary is just the next best step away.
- Dreaming big dreams is one thing but waking up, getting out of bed, and doing the hard work to make your dreams a reality is the real thing.
- Surround yourself with people who make it easier for you to love God and people.
- You can’t eat your cake and have it too, but if you are going to eat cake the corner piece with all the icing is always a good choice.
- Don’t text and drive. For that matter, don’t eat crab legs and drive either.
- It’s one thing to have a pretty face, but it’s a better thing to have a beautiful soul. btw…you are blessed with both.
- Never be too busy to write thank you notes to people who have blessed you.
- Think before you speak…or post something on Facebook you may regret.
- It’s better to write an email and never send it than to send an email you can’t take back.
- Make good choices because you’re going to have to look at yourself in the mirror every day…unless you stop brushing your teeth, washing your face, and fixing your hair, which would fall into the “bad choice” category.
- Embrace the truth.
- Remember, your name is my name and I’ll promise to do the same.
- There is very little that an Oreo Blizzard can’t fix.
- Don’t text when someone is trying to talk to you. It’s rude. Be present and engaged so people will know they matter to you.
- If you ever want to hit something; hit your knees.
- Even though you’re going to have to work to help pay for college, never forget that while in college your main job is to learn. Also, remember what Uncle Sylas Robertson said, “There are two kinds of people in this world… the educated and the unducated”
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take God very seriously.
- Love people…all people.
- Never underestimate the power of a firm handshake and good eye contact.
- It’s never too late to stop procrastinating.
- Don’t cut a dog’s tail off an inch at a time. If you have a hard decision to make….make it and move forward. Jase Robertson said it this way, “When you don’t know what you’re doing it’s best to do it quickly”
- Take humility wherever you can get it.
- Excuses are like armpits. Everyone has a couple and they all stink.
- Facebook is not the place to handle interpersonal conflicts or meet eligible singles in your area.
- Eat rice for a year; eat steak the rest of your life.
- Winners don’t whine, whiners don’t win.
- Some hills just aren’t worth dying on…but, then again, some are.
- Don’t ever fill out one of those credit card applications that you receive in the mail and are offered as you check out at Kohls. Debt is deadly!
- You can always come home, just don’t bring home a jerk.
- Daughters who truly love their parents, call them at least once a week and text them more often…just not while they’re driving.
- You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression…and vice versa.
- Live Ephesians 2:10–“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
- Remember who you are.
I love you sweetie and I’m so proud of you. I wouldn’t trade you for all the girls in the whole world. If I had to choose a girl to be my daughter, I’d pick you to be my daughter every time.