Monday, January 18, 2016

Think Critically, Act With Wisdom

In this time of superficial politics and bluster, it is worth remembering that substance and decency are both virtues worth cultivating.

Question the things that you are told.  Especially the things that are bandied about in the public square, for the purpose of political speech these days tends to be inflammatory incitement, regardless of the lack of depth of any factual underpinnings.

Think critically.  Ask questions.  Demand proof.

Because if a fellow citizen wants to be a leader, they should earn it not just through their words, but also by their deeds and their true values.  Seek truth, and not just empty rhetoric.

Spend your time building up something of value, not merely tearing things down for the fun of seeing them topple.  Find a purpose, and work toward it with everything you have.

Make the world a better place, or at least start with your tiny little corner of it.

Leave some sunshine in your wake everywhere you go.  Find a way to do something good for someone in need.

Stand up against things that are wrong, that in your heart you know are unjust and unfair.  Do the right thing.  Always.

I once read that integrity is not defined by doing what is right when someone else is watching; it is doing the right thing even when no one else can see you that shows who you truly are.

Choose to be your best in everything you do, and make that include being decent, honorable and kind.  Live your life by the Golden Rule...truly do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When you are doing all of these things, then you will have truly lived well.

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