During the 8-1/2 years I have been writing and delivering “Words of Wisdom,” I have been inspired by many people in my attempt to express helpful thoughts for living. I have heard my mother’s words from my youth. My high school baseball coach returned to my life after 40 years. People, whom I respect, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Maya Angelou, have spoken from the pages of their wisdom which I passed along to you. Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream that I hoped you would make your own.
Today, I am going all the way back to 1600, and a play set in Denmark, entitled, “Hamlet.” It was written by William Shakespeare and, in a few words, it contains some of the best advice for growing up and living that I’ve ever read.
Polonius is sending his son off into the world and he is giving him advice on how to live his life. Here’s what he told him:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
As I am moving on, I leave you with the best advice I can: Find what is true in yourself and live towards that. If you are honest with yourself, you won’t be tempted to lie to others. Live truly and you will make the world a better place.