It is that time of year when commencement ceremonies are taking place. Auditoriums fill with graduates, faculty and families celebrating achievements. If you have recently attended a graduation ceremony and are fortunate, you will have walked away with a nugget of wisdom from one of the guest speakers.
I was fortunate to attend a graduation ceremony and the title of the keynote speech was "Stay on the Road". Here is an excerpt from that speech:
Your life is a journey on a road. Along that road you will encounter elementary school, middle school, high school, and for some of you, college or a trade. On that road you will find your career, perhaps meet your spouse, and maybe even start a family.
On that road distractions will come to detour you off the road-distractions such as peers that are a bad influence or maybe your own personal poor judgment. There will be times when someone will have to take the wheel from you to get you back on the road. It may be a loved one such as a parent or sibling, or it may be a teacher. When someone comes to take that wheel from you to get you back on the road, do not fight them. They are there to help you and make sure that you stay on your road.
Of course I have paraphrased but I wanted you to capture the essence of the speech that was delivered by the Principal at my daughter's 5th grade graduation ceremony. Most of her students have heard her deliver that speech to them at some point. What I liked about that message was that it laid the ground work for life. It offered an explanation as to what they may encounter in life's journey. It also served as a reminder that there are people in their lives that are there to support them and keep them on their road to success.
My reminder to you is this: if you encounter a detour and someone comes along and takes the wheel in an attempt to get you back on track, let them. Challenges, road blocks and distractions are all a part of the journey. It is your responsibility to remain focused and stay on the road.