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A MESSAGE TO MY CHILDREN (to all of my past, present and future students from North Cobb and Chattahoochee Tech)

January 2, 2013

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As you embark on another year as young adults, allow 2013 to serve as a reminder to be all you were created to be and do all that you were created to do. You may have experienced some stumbling blocks 2012, but make them stepping stones in 2013. You may have experienced some obstacles …in 2012, but make them opportunities in 2013. You may have gotten caught up in some messes in 2012, but use them as a message of overcoming to squash the negativity that may come as a result of them. There were no failures in 2012, only experiences that didn’t turn out quite how you wanted them to. Be optimistic and turn those perceived failures into fuel to pursue your dreams even harder.

I may not communicate with you on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, but know I am watching you. I’m proud of the young men and women you have become. I am proud of the choices that you are making and the steps that you are taking. I’m proud to have to have taught/to teach some of the most intelligent, creative, energetic and authentic young adults this world has ever known. And before I go, allow me to leave you with these 3 things:

1) Continue to be true to yourself. Always be authentic. It’s always easy to imitate something or someone, but you can never truly duplicate it/them. A quote that was given to me from my creative writing teacher in middle school was “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” (C.G. Jung). Even if it’s just you seeing it, feeling it, thinking it, speaking, believing in it or being it…JUST BE YOU!!!

2) Pursue your purpose passionately. Whatever you set out to do, do it full steam ahead. There are going to be challenges of course, but it’s just to throw you off course; don’t let it stop you. If you need to take a step back, then do so. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher, summed it up nicely when he stated “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. So no matter what lies ahead, pursue your purpose with passion and…JUST DON’T STOP!!!

3) Always remember that success is the ONLY option. Don’t become so bogged down on what success looks like to others, only concern yourself with your personal success: YOUR goals, YOUR objectives and YOUR achievements (big AND small). Abraham Lincoln put it best when he said “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than other”. Your success is personal…JUST DO IT!!!

I have personally had my own challenges, setbacks and obstacles in 2012. Some were very great and some very small. At the end of the day, the proper perspective and my faith allows me to push a little harder, work a little bit more diligently and live my life to the fullest!!! Again, I’m proud of you and my thoughts are with you as you embark on another leg of this journey called life. I’m excited for you and humbled to have been/to be your teacher.

Take care,
Ms. Butler/Professor Butler

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