The fullness of life's summer
holds myriad joys, myriad challenges.
As the scrub oak often stands alone,
when we rely on innate strengths
we discover the beginnings of character.
Learning to trust
unearths passions of self-reliance.
It founds responsibilities
squarely upon our own shoulders.
Independence and self-reliance
set life's granite cornerstones.
With the challenge of responsibility
they offer a sure footed trek across
towering dunes of undulating sands.
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