“I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave, for there is much to dare.” ~ Howard Arnold Walter, excerpt from My Creed, published in Harper’s Magazine (May 1907)….
Shortly after graduating Princeton and spending a year in the seminary, Howard headed to Japan to teach English. It was during this time in which he wrote this creed in a poem to his mother for Christmas. His words speak so eloquently of the bonds we each share with one another, and the connections we make with one another each day of our lives. And true to the spirit of his heart poured forth in this creed, he spent the remainder of his life in selfless service toward others.
We all could use such a beautiful reminder of the power we possess to make a positive difference in this world every moment we are alive. After all, as inhabitants of this Earth, being good stewards and role models is a responsibility and blessing that we all share equally–we are bound in service to one another both through necessity and indebtedness–and a friendly reminder from time to time definitely helps us to remember that everything we do in life has cause and purpose. This offers us the ability to ensure that our purposes are based on love, compassion, kindness, mercy, helpfulness, and respect.
We are not isolated or independent from one another–we need others and there are many individuals who need us, trust us, and are counting on us. Alone we are but a weak thread, but together we are strong and serve to build up the tapestry of life into a beautiful work of art. Take advantage of the fellowship that surrounds you in life. Join in the bonds of humanity and spirituality that we each share and enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Every good thing you put out into the world serves to grow and spread in ways that are only possible through your unique and authentic contribution.
Add to the beauty of this world.
Questions to consider:
In what ways do you make conscious decisions about the type of person you wish to be?
What kind of person do you most desire to be? What actions would you need to take to become this person?
What are some of your character strengths? What are some that you would like to develop and improve?
For further thought:
“To recognize your capacity to affect life is to know yourself most intimately and deeply, to recognize your real value and power, independent of any role that you have been given to play or expertise you may have acquired. It is possible to strengthen or diminish the life around you in almost any role.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen