30 June 2009

Not so easy

It's easy to be negative - but it sucks out the joy, the excitement, the hope.
It's easier to live vicariously through other people who are taking the actions to live creative, interesting, and beautiful lives - than to create and live our own.

It's easier to believe what the media says about the economy, the country, the world - than to continue working for a good cause and a life with depth.
It's also easier to react - than to respond, thoughtfully.

The easy way is not always the best way. Easy does not usually help us to learn and grow, to develop strength, gain experience, or become a better person.

So, this Independence Day
I choose to use
my freedom
to try
just a little harder
see potential and possibility
build character over comfort
react less
and respond more
one step at a time
with God's help.

What do you need independence from ... or freedom to ... ?

Helen Steiner Rice's 10 Commandments
The personal commandments of Helen Steiner Rice emphasized optimism:

1. Thou shalt be happy.
2. Thou shalt use thy talents to make others glad.
3. Thou shalt rise above defeat and trouble.
4. Thou shalt look upon each day as a new day.
5. Thou shalt always do thy best and leave the rest to God.
6. Thou shalt not waste thy time and energy in useless worry.
7. Thou shalt look only on the bright side of life.
8. Thou shalt not be afraid of tomorrow.
9. Thou shalt have a kind word and a kind deed for everyone.
10. Thou shalt say each morning -- I am a child of God and nothing can hurt me.

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