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Monday Motivation: Be an “Incessant Optimist.”

Courtesy New York University

“This is awesome.”

Today’s Monday Motivation is taken from the 2012 NYU Commencement Speech delivered by Supreme Court Justice–and “Incessant Optimist”–Sonia Sotomayor. (Her remarks begin at the 5:29 mark.)

Equal parts advice to the graduates and love letter to New York City, Justice Sotomayor urges the graduates to do big things–and have a big attitude while doing so. She shared the emotions that shape her feelings about the future, and characterized the advice from Steve Jobs’s 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech and her own as an “attitude.” The Justice also reminds the audience that while “disappointment and uncertainty are constant companions in life’s pursuits,” it is OK not to have all the answers at once. We must accept that those constant companions will be present, but return to a well of incessant optimism that inspires hope and gives life meaning.

So. Your charge for the week is to tap into that incessant optimism to accomplish as much as you can to better the world. And do so with attitude.

“Dream big and achieve much.”

Yes, Justice Sotomayor. A wise Latina, indeed.

Hope Shall Prevail Over Hate.

Madeline’s picture of Emanuel AME Church and the “Beautiful Nine.” Courtesy of Madeline and riverofmuscadinespublishing.com.

President Obama; Attorney General Lynch; Lynch’s husband, Stephen Hargrove; Lynch’s father, Rev. Lorenzo Lynch; Lynch’s mother, Lorine Lynch; and Justice Sotomayor. Courtesy of C-SPAN.

Last week, I planned to post about Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Investiture Ceremony. Great speeches were made, of course, but the image of President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, her family and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomoyor was so powerful. It was a beautiful site to behold.

I planned to talk about how the ceremony was worthy of the woman who now holds the office of Attorney General of the United States. From dealing with police brutality allegations to tackling corruption at the highest levels of FIFA, it seems the Attorney General scarcely had time for niceties like a formal welcome ceremony. I’d want to hit the ground running too, after the shameless runaround courtesy of the United States Senate.

I planned to write about how proud she looked, flanked by her husband and her parents, praised by President Obama, and sworn in by Justice Sotomayor, using a bible that belonged to Frederick Douglass. I planned to write that the speeches were as powerful as the image.

And I planned to write that I thought that Douglass, in spirit, would approve.

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