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5 Life Lessons for our Graduates

Across the pages were her handwritten notes and underlined emphases for the lessons she wanted to be sure I paid attention to...

One of the greatest gifts I ever received was Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. It was a 16th birthday gift from my sister, and it included a list of 511 lessons the author originally wrote for his son as he was leaving for college.


I read and reread it at least a hundred times growing up. I brought it with me to college and earmarked pages to revisit over and over again. When we bought our first house, the book found its way to a box of cherished memories. Years later - but way too soon - my sister passed away and I brought down the box of memories to find the book that meant so much to me growing up.


Across the pages were her handwritten notes and underlined emphases for the lessons she wanted to be sure I paid attention to. Within the pages I can hear her laugh and feel her love. No doubt, one of the greatest gifts I ever received.


From that most coveted collection, here are 5 of our favorite lessons:











Such invaluable advice.


Such inspiration to take charge, take action, and make things happen.


Whether your loved ones are moving up to kindergarten or graduating elementary school, junior high, or high school, college, or trade school, we wish them love, strength, and peace.


Congrats, Graduates!


The book is still available at amazon.com. Perhaps you have your own copy somewhere. What's your favorite bit of advice for graduates?

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