God, as we start this academic year, we would like to ask that you bless us and those whom we mentor and serve with the wisdom that we need to seize the opportunities and face the challenges that this year will bring. Help us to find success in ways that matter, as Ralph Waldo Emerson has described them:
“To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends.
To appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
Let us also be mindful of those whose paths are dogged by challenges that they cannot surmount. In the face of such challenges, please give them the strength to push ahead, the patience to endure, and the peace of mind to accept the road that they must follow. And let us keep them in our thoughts, in our prayers, and in our hearts.
By: Raymond C. Tait, PhD
Vice President, Research