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New Salem - May 12, 2008

Counselor’s Corner


© 2008 Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School


What Will You Do?

What will you do?

That is something my father used to ask me at various times in my life. This was at various times in my life when questions needed to be asked. Whether it was when I was deciding on what kind of car to buy upon graduating from college, or when I was out of work.

During his Eulogy in April, I posed the question to those in attendance at his funeral. “What will you do?
What will you do with the time you have left?”

My father did a lot of things in his 92 years. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just plain sad.

My father did many things to help me achieve goals I had in life. I helped him achieve some of the goals he had in life too. My father also helped my 3 brothers and 3 sisters achieve goals in life. The 7 of us children also each helped my father achieve some of his goals in life as well.

We each didn’t do the same things in life. We each did our own little or big things in life to help out when and where we could. While in his 50’s, my father had 2 heart attacks. It was a serious situation. After getting out of the hospital, how would the daily farm chores get done? How would we get the crops harvested while we were attending college over 200 miles away? With his second heart attack, how would we deal with seeding the crops?

One of the things one of my brothers and I did was miss college classes a week at a time so that the work would get done on the farm. Wednesday was often crossover day – at least to start out. My grades really didn’t suffer. In fact, it helped me to grow up more than I otherwise would have. I thought that if I could only get to classes to hear the instructors’ explanations – learning the course content would be easier.

Life is full of surprises and things that occur that aren’t planned. Unexpected happenings are part of the human condition. It isn’t always so much what actually happens. It is more how we react to and what we do about the unexpected and unplanned things that happen in life. Of course, our attitude is an important part of how we react to things in life. For many people – not all – a positive attitude can help to make a difference on how people react to us.

So, I ask the graduating seniors and anyone else who is reading this,
“What will you do? What will you do, with the time you have left?”

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!