I want to ask you a question and that is, what is in your life’s blueprint?
This is the most important and crucial period of your lives and what you do now and what you decide now at this age, may well determine which way your life shall go.
Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws the blueprint and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, as the model for those who are to build the building and a building is not well erected without a good sound and solid blueprint.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your life and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint and I want to suggest some of the things that should be in your life’s blueprint.
Number one in your life’s blueprint should be, a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth and your own somebodiness. Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count, always feel that you have worth and always feel that your life has ultimate significance. Dont be ashamed of your colour, don't be ashamed of your biological features, somehow you must be able to stay in your own lives and really believe it, I am black but beautiful.
In your lives blueprint be sure that you have "a principle of somebobiness"
Secondly in your life’s blueprint, you must have as a basic principle, the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavour. You are going to be deciding as the years unfolds, what you will do in life. What your life's work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it and to do it well.
And I will say to you my young friends that, doors are opening to each one of you. Doors of opportunities are opening to each of you that were not open to your mothers and to your fathers and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to enter these doors as they open..
Martin Luther King Jr.
I hope we keep this in mind as we journey into a new year filled with endless opportunities...