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The Voice That Is Great Within You

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Dear Class of 2007 Graduate,

Congratulations on your splendid achievement! There were almost certainly occasions when you doubted you would ever see this moment. But you kept on going, step by step, and day by day, and here you are. Sometimes that is all you can do in life, is put one step in front of the other. In doing so, you will always come to a new day, no matter your darkest hours.

This day, graduation day, will stay in your memory until your days are done, as a reminder that you have a power great within you to shape your own life. Your diploma is proof of that, and that is no small change in your pocket. Use it wisely, and it will prove a treasure.

This day you are entering upon a new beginning. As you enter the world, do not make the mistake of so many before you in thinking that the state of the world does not concern you. Your private concerns, your happiness, even your life’s course will be affected by the condition of the world you live in. Do not say of the world, “It’s not for me to understand”, or, “I cannot change the way things are.” The future cannot bear your resigned indifference.

Those who wish to control the story of the future are depending upon your indifference. Do not grant them such power. Wake up each day expecting a better future, and do each day what you can to bring it about.

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Todd Huffman is a pediatrician and writer living in Eugene, Oregon. He is a regular contributor to many newspapers and publications throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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