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Knowing What You Will Not Stand For

“It’s important that people should know what you stand for. It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.” ~ Mary Hull Waldrip …

It is fairly easy for me to let others know the things that I stand for. Perhaps this is because many of the things that are acceptable to me are also acceptable to those in my life. The things I find unacceptable, however, tend to be things that do not necessarily always line up with the beliefs and values of others. And for this reason, I must be certain to share my standards with those in my life so that they do not step on them. Continue reading

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Are You Weighed Down With What Others Are Thinking About You?

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” ~ David Foster Wallace …

This is helpful advice for all of us to take to heart, for as much as we all would like to claim that we are not in the least bit concerned about what others think about us, we all do to some extent, and it is an utter waste of our potential. We know in our hearts and minds that what others think or say really does not hold any weight for all practical purposes, and will only impact us in so much as we allow it to, yet we are still inclined to overlook these feelings–perhaps out of fear, or because as humans we crave acceptance and approval. Continue reading

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Spend Your “Energy” Wisely

“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” ~ Joseph Michael Straczynski …

Where are our time and energy spent? We all have the same amount of them available to us each day–the same limitless possibilities and potential to make what we want to of our lives. We can use it in wasteful or selfish ways blaming others, making up excuses, hiding behind fear, or carelessly letting our days slip between our fingers–but we do so at our own peril; for acting in such ways puts our happiness and fulfillment in life at great risk.
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It Is Possible To Strengthen Or Diminish The Life Around You In Almost Any Role

“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. Continue reading

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If You Do Not Stand For Yourself, You Will Fall For Everyone

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey Forbes Fierstein….

Standing up for ourselves and for our beliefs is not always easy–many individuals have great difficulty doing so even when the consequences of not doing so directly affect them in very negative ways. But we are defined by our actions. And when we let others determine our actions by paying attention to what they say, or choose inaction out of fear or embarrassment–even if unintentional or involuntary–we diminish our lives and our purpose. Continue reading

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Act Purposefully

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S. Truman….

When others are successful, we become successful; when humanity succeeds, we all succeed. As Harry points out, when we are not wasting time and energy concerning ourselves with who is going to get credit, we can accomplish some truly amazing things. Perhaps that is because taking credit for things usually requires much effort–effort to ensure we are thoroughly visible to others, effort to guard the credit so that others do not attempt to take it, and effort to assure that we remain far superior to others in our pursuits. Continue reading

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Your Words, Thoughts, And Deeds Of Today

“What I am thinking and doing day by day is resistlessly shaping my future–a future in which there is no expiation except through my own better conduct. No one can save me. No one can live my life for me. It is mine for better or for worse. If I am wise, I shall begin to-day by the simplest and most natural of all processes to build my own truer and better world from within.” ~ Horatio Willis Dresser, The Power of Silence…..

We truly are the sum of the choices we make each day of our lives–and when we follow down paths that hurt ourselves or others, diminish the love and positive energy in the world, or take away from the beautiful experience this world presents, we have only ourselves to blame. More importantly, no one but us has the ability to save us from such harmful and damning paths. But to do so, we must first realize the potential we possess to make this world a better place using all the talents, abilities, and resources we have inside us. And once we truly understand it to be so, we must then chose to actively “build our own truer and better world from within.” Continue reading

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