John legend's song is the #1 single hit song right now in this country. He is at the top of his game; he is wealthy, famous, and just recently married a super model. Can it get any better than that? So, if you asked John legend, what is your definition of success...or what is the secret to happiness...what do you think he would say?
Listen to his speech. He says the same thing that I tell you daily at school and in almost every post I write. Below, I will write a segment of his speech, but I want you all to listen for yourself. I might be a teacher older than most of your parents, but I am wise beyond years when it comes to intrinsic values of life...John and I agree on the secret to happiness, following your passion, following your creative & artistic passion, and also on how good things come out of pain and disappointment in life. Finally, just yesterday I, wrote about meeting the other famous songwriter and how he also feels that just like John says in his speech, "when you look back at your years here on earth, life and happiness will be more defined by the quality of your relationships, not the quantity. You will get much more joy out of the depth not breadth of your relationships" the exact thought that the other older songwriter, Vance conveyed to me. In his speech Legend says:
"The reason that I am here, the reason that I have had such a wonderful journey so far, is that I found love. Yes, love. We were all made to love and I found that we live our best lives, we are at our most successful, not simply because we are smarter, not simply because we hustle harder, not because we become millionaires more quickly...the key to happiness is opening your mind and your heart to love. Spending your time doing things that you love with people you love..."
John Legend 2014
In the speech, John goes on to speak of his father and how his father taught him this:
"My father's definition of success is that it is not measured in money or material things but it is measured in love and joy and the lives you are able to touch...and the lives you are able to help...this is success."
EVERYTHING that I try to tell you about life and happiness is all in John's speech! If I was asked to write a commencement speech, I would have approached the speech exactly the way John did...he's brilliant!
Maybe you will listen to a famous singer....listen to the speech and contemplate the message. It is my earnest desire that all my students move on to live happy and healthy lives in academics, art & culture and in love. Learn and implement the life lessons that others have discovered before you. Don't waste time trying to figure out things that others have already figured out through their own pain and suffering. Spare yourselves the heartaches, why re-invent the wheel?
Have a great day. Love, Ms. B.
My favorite song below. The woman in the video is John's real wife. Enjoy.