Bright Horizons



We should be glad for distant things,
for beauty ‘round the bend;
For highways that lead on and on,
With never any end.
Be glad for goals just out of reach,
The challenge of a star,
The glory of a distant light
That beacons from afar.
For hopes and dreams are built on
That enchanted distant mile,
And far-off bright horizons
Make the road today worthwhile.
—Helen Lowrie Marshall

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I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,
To the will I have added the deed;
The best that was in me I’ve given,
I have prayed, but the Gods would not heed.
I have dared and reached only disaster,
I have battled and broken my lance;
I am bruised by a pitiless master
That the weak and the timid call chance.
I am old, I am bent, I am cheated
Of all that youth urged me to win;
But name me not with the defeated,
To-morrow again, I begin.
                         —S E Kiserg

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Failing Forward



Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it does mean you haven’t succeeded yet.
Failure doesn’t mean you haven’t accomplished something, it does mean you have learned something.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been a fool, it does mean you have a lot of faith.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been disgraced, it does mean you were willing to try.
Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it, it does mean you have to do something in a different way.
Failure doesn’t mean you’re inferior, it does mean you’re not perfect.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your time, it does mean you have a reason to start fresh.
Failure doesn’t mean you should give up, it does mean you should try harder.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it, it does mean it will take a little longer.
Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you, it does mean he has a better way.
                                                                                         —Rehana Moammadi


Talk About Spunk…

Once again, determination, attitude, and spunk win the day. Good news is  …well, GOOD NEWS. Last month we heard about Shawana Machado, a 40-year-old woman overcoming homelessness to earn her college degree. Also, there was the story about Gac Filipaj, a 52-year-old immigrant who became a janitor when he arrived in the U.S., learned English, was accepted as a Classics student at his work place (Columbia University), and graduated from the Ivy League school, with honors no less, all while still working as a janitor.

Now we hear of Dawn Loggins, 18 years old, both homeless and a janitor at her own high school, and abandoned by her parents, but now headed to Harvard. We wish her well, of course, but this beautiful determined young woman really doesn’t need our well wishes, because she creates her own luck, and she creates it boldly.

Here’s her story told by CNN’s Martin Savidge.

Congratulations, Dawn. All the best as you set off in August to conquer Cambridge!

more about Dawn:
see Shawana’s story here.
see Gac’s story here.

Homeless 40 Yr. Old Graduate

Congratulations, Shawna. You are what GYA is all about!