The Asian Student Scholarship was recently named in memory of President Corazon (Cory) Aquino and her husband, Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. After successfully leading a peaceful revolution against the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos she was elected President. Shortly thereafter she came to Boston College and speaking to an audience that filled St. Ignatius Church, she said: “when people ask me how I lead my life I say simply, ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and leave the rest up to God.’” I’ve always considered this to be good advice—for presidents and seniors who ask the same question.
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Eat quenelles with truffle sauce–in Lyon, if possible.
Practice all the ways of love.
Now that you know how to be drunk on wine, learn to be drunk on everything else, as Baudelaire instructs us.
Trust your soul; it knows what it wants especially when we don’t.
Read poetry from time to time; otherwise you’ll get hardening of the arteries.
Mistrust authority and break as many rules as possible, including these; make your own mistakes, and understand that life is made up by each of us. Take as little as possible ready made.
Don’t own too much, in any sense of the word.
Possess a second language.
I only have advice that’s anti-advice. I hope–since Emerson said “It’s not education but provocation that I can receive from my teachers.” Or something like that.
We all want to be free, because genuine freedom grants happiness. So, what is that freedom from? I think that it is basically the freedom from our petty, greedy Self that transforms us from eagles into chickens.
“Not everything that’s countable counts and not everything that counts is countable.” (Einstein)
Perhaps it is by counting less in life, whether it be money/goods or whatever other people owe us, that we earn that which counts most but is not countable.Perhaps it is by storing this uncountable capital of Selflessness that we can really free ourselves and the world around us from the shortcomings of mercy, goodness and compassion and thus leave behind our Self something more than a hyphen between the two dates.
Having accumulated this kind of capital, you will ensure yourself genuine freedom: your happiness will not be threatened by anything, since it is what you ARE that makes you happy, not what you HAVE. The latter can be lost, not so the former.
To soar high your body needs to be small, but its wings must be large: the body is the Self and the wings are Magnanimity.
With all best wishes for a breathtaking life journey.
Plan your play, along with your work. As our connections get thinner–think virtual friends instead of real time ones–it’s more important than ever to plan to be with people and then stick with it. Let the play be a pretext for just being in each other’s company, sober if possible. (You want to remember those times, don’t you?) Make a plan, even a steady date, and then always show up. Don’t troll for better options. Don’t make alternative plans. Show up for your friends and bring your best game face–come to play, not to be entertained–and you’ll have better relationships, better perspective, and better work.
That’s it. Oh, and please hold onto your books. You deserve to have a personal library. You are an educated person now. (I always tell my students that. Ask them.)