October 22     

Today's quotation:

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

Today's Meditation:

I love to read material that illustrates my connections with the world around me.  I love to be reminded that there are some things that I should be because other people will benefit from that.  This type of reminder helps me to keep in mind the fact that what I do is not without cause or purpose-- rather, what I do always has a purpose if my intentions in doing what I do are based on helpfulness, compassion, courtesy, and respect for the other human beings who share this planet with me.

You see, there are those who trust me, and one of my goals in life has to be to live up to their trust.  And there are those who care about me, so I try to keep myself as someone who is deserving of their caring.  And I and others will suffer in life, so my strength can help us work our way through any suffering.  And life is full of opportunities and possibilities.  If I'm a daring person, then I'll be able to take advantage of those chances and make my life something special, living much more fully than I would if I didn't dare anything.

It's tempting to consider ourselves completely independent.  Tempting, but unrealistic and rather foolish.  We share this planet with many wonderful human beings (or spirits going through a human experience), and it's important that we keep in mind that we can enrich our lives in many great ways if we make ourselves into people who can make a difference for others when they need us-- even though they might think they don't.

There's a great big world out there full of great people.  The kind of face and figure that we present to that world is completely up to us, and we can make a positive difference only if we're aware of what we want to be, and only if we take steps to be that person.

Questions to consider:

Do you make conscious decisions about the type of person you wish to be?

What kinds of actions would you need to take to become the person you most desire to be?

What character strengths would you like to see grow in yourself?

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 may have been given to play or expertise you may have acquired.

Rachel Naomi Remen

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