Many of you know that last Saturday, I went to St. John's University in Manhattan to take an exam. I traveled to the University by subway (by the way, no graffiti in the subway!). When I walked out of the subway, I was right at the Brooklyn Bridge. In the year that I lived in NYC, I never walked across the bridge. It was a gorgeous day on Saturday and I allowed myself plenty of time before the exam so I easily had enough time to walk to the other side and back. But I chose not to, and I will tell you why.
I made a promise to a very special friend of mine that I wouldn't cross the bridge alone. My promise was that once I accomplished three special things in my life that we would cross the bridge together; the two of us...in celebration for our personal accomplishments. You see, we both set goals. We gave ourselves a certain amount of time to attain the goals and we promised that we would uphold each other, support each other and encourage each other through the process. Once we reached our goals then we would share and celebrate together by walking 'together' across the Brooklyn Bridge. Kind of silly, but it is a symbolic gesture.
So, in as much as I wanted to walk across the bridge because I was right there, I didn't. I want to share that moment with my friend. It will be so much more meaningful to me.
As the school year comes to an end and you all prepare to cross your bridges...some of you will enter a new grade level, others will graduate. Think about setting a special 'personal' goal and share it with a close friend. Agree to check on each other in order to give each other support and encouragement. Once you accomplish what you set out to achieve, CELEBRATE!
Always be happy when good things happen to others. If you do, then good things will come to you. If you allow jealousy and greed to get in the way of being happy for your friends then you will keep all good things from entering into your life.
Be happy for friends, be happy for your yourself and remember that your purpose in life is to wake up every day and just be happy. Good night, Tigers. Ms. B.