High School graduations are more memorable for some than others. Students at the prestigious Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, likely will remember theirs for some time.
The speaker was John Roberts, yes Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts and the father of one of their classmates.
Pretty cool to have someone like that to speak, but his message likely shook these kids from silver spoon families up just a bit.
Here are the main points from his talk:
“From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.
I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.
Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted.
I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either.
And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.
I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”
Roberts went on in the speech to typical commencement speech fare, telling the students to avoid becoming complacent with themselves. “In a certain sense,” Roberts said, "you should not be yourself, you should try to become something better.”
Roberts has practiced what he preached on the bench having voted with the more liberal side on occasion especially in holding up parts of the Affordable Care Act we know as Obama-care.
You may or may not agree with our Chief Justice on things involving the Supreme Court, but I’m guessing most of us think his talk with these graduating high school seniors was “right on!”
I’m Steve Sauder
My dad once said to me, "thank God I'm old cause I really don't want to see how this ends!"
That was in response to some political activity that seemed out of line.
What do you suppose he'd be saying today?
Polarization in Washington is unchecked! Republican's have the numbers but aren't close to agreeing on anything.
The Democrats are so opposed to anything Republican there is no chance for compromise. I asked our Congressman Roger Marshall on Monday how often he has dialogue with the other side?
His answer was - he leads an effort for freshman in congress to meet and talk, but otherwise - not often.
Yesterday on Morning Joe – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin described be in congress as “working in a hostile work environment!” Seriously!
Then we have the media.
It's fair to say the national media has always been a little biased, but what we have today is embarrassing.
Phil Donahue the former talk show host was on CNN two weeks ago and took the media to task. He said the media was making relations worse than necessary because they wouldn't take a punch - meaning they needed to report the news, not react to it.
The creators of the animated TV show South Park shared an interesting reaction to the current political climate and have a wonderful plan for next season.
They said, "We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into, where it was like, "Dude, we're just becoming CNN now, becoming: 'Tune in to see what we're going to say about Trump.'
They said “they hated it, but we got stuck in it somehow."
They said they could put up billboards saying—"Look what we're going to do to Trump next week!"—and get crazy ratings. But they don't care.
Next season South Park plans to ignore the political scene!
That's my suggestion for CNN, FOX and CSNBC and the other national media groups - start reporting the news again and get out of the "gottcha" mode of trying to catch someone not telling the truth in every story.
Actually reporting “the news” might mean even ignoring the President's tweets. Wouldn’t that might be refreshing?
Heaven help us!
I’m Steve Sauder
Today some old thoughts brought back to life thanks to Face Book.
People who waste time wondering whether their glass is half full or half empty are missing the point. Their glass is always refillable!
Noah's Ark was an amazingly educational vessel. It taught us:
$1· Not to miss the boat!
$1· Remember that we are all in the same boat.
$1· Plan ahead, it wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
$1· Stay fit. When you are really old you may be ask to something really big!
$1· Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
$1· Build your future on high ground.
$1· For safety sake, travel in pairs.
$1· Speed isn't always an advantage. Snails were on the Ark with cheetahs.
$1· When you are stressed, float for awhile.
$1· Remember the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
$1· No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting....
Today there seems to be an App for just about everything. Even for putting your cell phone away and paying attention to those talking to you - they call it RESPECT.
Paul Sweeney is credited with saying: A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
And last, comedian Jim Carrey. Said, “A lot of love can happen in ten years.”
Couldn’t agree more!
I’m Steve Sauder
As a young man the Jaycees - a service organization for men 36 and under - was an important part of my life and development. In Emporia the Jaycees were responsible for many accomplishments including things like helping obtain a positive vote for Emporia High School Bond election, sponsoring and building low and elderly housing projects like Eastgate Plaza and Stanton Heights and many other worthwhile projects.
A wonderful residual from those days is the Jaycee Creed.
It says: We believe:
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality; and
That service to humanity is the best work of life.
What a thought provoking statement with every word of it still being relevant today!
What brought my attention to this creed was something David Brooks, the talented columnist for the New York Times said on Sunday.
He pointed out that while the media and many in congress are in an absolute frenzy to find Donald Trump's campaign guilty of collusion with the Russians “they may getting ahead of themselves,” because not much evidence has surfaced that the campaign and the Russians were in cahoots.
BUT, because Trump himself operates in what Brooks described as a "tribal mentality" he does not trust the rule of law to protect him.
In other words: Trump doesn't believe "government should be of laws rather that of men."
If he did he'd trust that the law of the land, which demands things like evidence, proof and due process, would eventually vindicate him.
President Trump's “tribal mentality” has worked for him in business where being loud, confident and powerful can often win the battle.
But, in leading and governing our country it isn't working very well for him because we have laws that actually supersede men!
When our president starts understanding this he will become more effective - and Not before!
I'm Steve Sauder and "there's something to think about!"
During our Monday Morning Quarterback show our guest was Jory Collins, ESU Lady Hornet Head Coach and in addition to talk about his team and new recruits a question was posed about the fact our Ladies have on three occasions lately been ranked Number One in the Central Region, but unable to host because White Auditorium was busy with a high school state basketball tournament.
This has become an ongoing problem.
Years ago there was an attempt to hold both tournaments simultaneously with a less than acceptable result. A broken leg resulting in a 45 minute delay caused the college event to start late with games ending after the witching hour.
The city controls White Auditorium and isn't about to give up the very lucrative annual state high school tournament to accommodate the university on a "need be" basis.
Kind of a “bird in hand deal.”
I was in Hays several years ago when they gave up their longtime high tournament to host a college regional.
Conversations with the hotel owners and merchants indicated lots of disenchantment with not having 16 high school teams in Hays starting on Wednesday compared to having seven visiting college teams arriving on Thursday and starting to leave after Friday games and dwindling down to one visiting team by Saturday!
My favorite retired Emporia dentist texted me Monday suggesting I ask Jory about the hosting situation.
Jory obviously doesn't like it, but doesn't over react understanding that would hurt his team.
What we have is a very perplexing problem with no lack of discussion or concern, but also without a good answer.
Using Emporia high school was considered, but that floor doesn't meet championship regulations.
Moving our host location to say Washburn has even been considered, but they weren't willing.
Discussions about this can get heated. A comment from an outside source suggesting - our city doesn't look out for its' students and fans - struck a nerve with me.
My reaction was - well, maybe Emporia State needs to build a crappy little field house like Harding has in Searcy, Arkansas.
And therein lays my question for today.
Maybe our solution is bigger than we've been considering.
Emporia High's gyms are not convenient for fans in terms of parking, bathrooms or concessions. Maybe an upgrade is in order?
Maybe a new venue in Emporia could make sense?
What if the school district, university, community, area schools and the public all decided to collaborate? Maybe Jones Trust could help?
Pittsburg State and the city just built a facility together.
Hosting indoor track, tennis, wrestling, other youth sports, and the list goes on might be considered?
We'd still use White, but maybe another gym solves lots of problems?
Let's at least take a look.
It's "Something to think about" and I'm Steve Sauder.
This dying thing is getting out of hand for me. Half of the guys I played poker with on Wednesday nights three years ago have passed away with the loss Sunday of Ray Beals.
Death is scary for most of us and unpredictable for all of us. Ray knew his time was near, but our friend Billy Martin hit practice balls on the golf course the day before he passed. He obviously wasn't planning to die.
I had a death experience years ago when my doctor told me my cancer was serious. After some consideration I concluded I wasn't afraid to die because I believe there is an even better life after our earthly life.
But, despite such a good promise from our Creator most of us fear death and take on amazing challenges to avoid it.
I wonder if truth be known how big a motivator staying healthy and alive is for all these bike riders we have locally?
Speaking of which with this year's Dirty Kanza came the showing twice of the incredible documentary called "Blood Road." It told the story of Rebecca Rusch riding her bike on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to find the spot where her father's airplane had crashed during the Viet Nam conflict.
Most enlightening for me from the film were the messages her dad Steve sent home telling about his job, the danger and how he feared for his life on a daily basis. At one point he said, "I love flying these planes, but I hate my job."
Death is a big part of life for all of us. We fear our own and we fear death for members of our family and friends. It's a part of life we strive hard to control.
Sunday morning on TV several older actors discussed death. Their best line was about the possibility of dying in your sleep. They said the way to avoid dying in your sleep was always "to go to bed with something important you had to do in the morning." They were funny.
I've noted a couple of things recently about getting older. First, they only renew your Driver's License for five years after age 65.
And, recently I went to the Motor Vehicle Department to get a new Handicap placard. The lady gave me one with an expiration date in 2022! I said "Wow! I now have a new goal."
"What do you mean?" she inquired.
"My new goal," I said, "is to live long enough to renew my handicap placard in 2022!"
I don't think she understood, but I do.
So death is as they always say at funerals "a part of life." So prepare for it, but try not to fear it.
Smell the roses! Don't put things off. Tell people you love them today! Get in shape. Cut out salt.......... yady, yady, yady.
From Face Book:
Appreciate what you have while you have it.
Don't dwell on the past, don't worry about the future, just live in the present and make the most of it.
All Good advice!
I'm Steve Sauder