August 24     

Today's quotation:

Make small commitments and keep them.  Be a light, not a judge.  Be a model, not a critic.  Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Stephen R. Covey

Today's Meditation:

What am I going to "be"?  The answer to this question lies in the many small decisions that I make, day after day, the ones that determine the kinds of relationships that I'll have with other people.  Will I be a light that shines for them, or will I be someone who brings them down and keeps them in the dark?  With each thing that I decide to say or do, I'm forging the human being that I am, I'm becoming either a light or a judge, a model or a critic.  So just what will I decide to be?

What would you like me to be in your life?  Would you like me to encourage you or discourage you?  Would you like me to build you up or tear you down?  Should I stand by you and your dreams, or should I criticize you and them until you give them up in shame or frustration?

And when you know what you would like me to be for you, then you know what other people would like you to be for them.  And you'll have a guide for your decision-making when you're faced with reacting to someone else.  You'll have a guide that will direct you with each decision that you make in life.  If you want to be a light that shines for others, then you have to decide to be a light each time that you're faced with difficult decisions or even easy ones.  When you're dead and gone, do you want people to say "I used that person as a bad example, and did everything the opposite," or do you want them to say that yours was a shining example, one that they try to emulate when they make their own decisions?

People need light.  You can provide light.  It doesn't matter if it's the light of one small candle or a 1,000-watt bulb that can light a huge room.  Light is light, and you can share yours and make this world a brighter place.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do you provide light for the world?

What kinds of things might prevent you from sharing your light and encouragement from the world?

What kinds of guides do you use in your decision-making processes?

For further thought:

You are now at a crossroads.  This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make.  Forget your past.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided you really are now?  Don't think about who you have been.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided to become?  Make this decision consciously.  Make it carefully.  Make it powerfully.

Anthony Robbins

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