Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ten Things I Believe

Of the many email newsletters i regularly get, one yesterday pointed to the author's recent blog post titled "10 Things I Believe." I found that intriguing enough to sit down this morning and try to think of what i might come up with if i were to pick my top ten beliefs. Here's what i came up with.

Ten Things I Believe

1) You are either growing or declining, it is impossible to stand still.

2) The oft used adage is true: We are spiritual beings living a physical life, not physical beings living a spiritual life.

3) Who you are and what you make of your life is entirely in your hands. Others will provide building blocks, but only you can decide how you assemble them into a life.

4) A successful life is not determined by how much is in your bank account when you die; it is determined by the courage and ability you demonstrated when facing the challenges you encountered, whether you chose those challenges or they chose you.

5) Happiness is a decision, a choice, not an outcome. It is based on what's inside you, not what's outside.

6) No man is an island; we are all interconnected and nothing happens in complete isolation. What you do will have consequences, good and bad, intended and not intended, hidden and blaringly obvious, locally and globally.

7) Honesty is the most valuable of all human characteristics. Without it, none of the others are possible.

8) The only real limit on what you can achieve is your personal beliefs. Believe you can and you will, believe you can't and you won't.

9) Our potential is unlimited. There is no limit to what we can be, what we can become, and what we can accomplish.

10) Difference is a good and valuable thing. Every person, every society, every culture is different and this should not just be accepted, but celebrated. Difference is what makes it possible for us, as a global population, a global community, to grow.

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