Listening to a commencement speaker on your graduation can either be a chore or a pleasure. If the talk is too lengthy and boring, we really can’t blame you if your attention wanders elsewhere.
It is, of course, a different story when the speaker is lively, engaging, and motivational. Graduates of the California State University Maritime Academy had the opportunity to listen to such a speaker when they invited award-winning journalist and author Dr. Rick Rigsby.
In his speech, Dr. Rick Rigsby paid tribute to the “wisest man” he ever met – a “third grade drop out”.
As successful as he is, Rigsby shared that he was greatly blessed because of the advice he received from his late father – who was a “simple cook” and a “third grade drop out”.
“It’s not oxymoronic for me to say the wisest man I ever met was a third grade drop out.”
According to him, his father dropped out of school in order to help his family in their farm. That, however, did not become a hindrance for him to keep learning as he taught himself to read and write. Later on, he would teach his children the importance of combining “knowledge and wisdom to make an impact.”
Rigsby’s father is the man!
As he recalled during the talk:
“My father decided he was going to be a man—not a black man, not a brown man, not a white man—but a man. He literally challenged himself to be the best that he could all the days of his life.”
Rigsby reminded the graduates:
“I’m not worried that you won’t be successful. I’m worried that you won’t fail from time to time. Wisdom will come to you through the unlikeliest of sources, a lot of times through failure. When you hit rock bottom remember this: while you’re struggling, rock bottom can also be a good foundation on which to build and on which to grow.”
Watch the speech here and be motivated:
Remarkable 5-Year-Old Girl Cooks, Does Chores On Her Own After Her Mother Died
By age four, Hana already knows how to handle a knife.
A five-year-old kid holding a knife so he or she can cook would be a dreadful thought for many parents. But for Chie’s daughter, Hana-Chan, it’s one thing she learned how to do at such a tender age.
Hana-Chan, at only five years old, already knows how to prepare food for the family and take care of the household chores all on her own. But she’s doing it to honor her mom’s legacy.
Hana-Chan lost her mom, Chie, when she was barely five years old.
87-Year-Old Grandma Creates Intricate Drawings Using MS Paint
Because gardening and knitting are too mainstream.
Some grandmas love to spend their time in activities such as gardening and knitting. Well, 87-year-old Concha Garcia Zaera is not like your usual grandma. She enjoys a hobby far more unusual among her friends. Why the term “unusual?” That is because she draws using Microsoft’s MS Paint.
Zaera claims to have discovered the program after her children gave her a computer. Since then, she learned to utilize MS Paint unlike any other. Heck, her drawing skills can even be compared to this generation’s best.
Meet Concha, the 87-year-old grandmother who loves to draw stuff using MS Paint.
This Catholic Church Allows The Homeless To Sleep In Their Pews
They also offer free blankets, hygiene kits, and massage services.
Love and compassion are virtues central to Christianity and its always inspiring when we see it demonstrated – such as in this story below where a church showed how they took care of the homeless people living in their area.
According to reports, San Francisco’s St. Boniface church accommodates about 225 homeless individuals every single day in their chapel. This wonderful deed is done in cooperation with The Gubbio Project.
Providing a safe haven for the homeless where everyone is welcome.
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