There are times when you will stand alone in your convictions.
People won’t always agree with you, nor will they even understand you.
We each live our own belief systems. Our attitudes and behaviors tell the story.
It’s important to stand up for what you believe in, but know sometimes compromises must be made. When that happens you must make sure your integrity is not diminished for someone else’s gain. Don’t let others take advantage of you. They have no more power over you than you allow.
Be aware of the difference between your beliefs and your opinions. Know the difference between what you believe to be true and what is in fact reality. It’s much easier to stand on solid ground than shifting sand.
Never assume anything. Don’t make decisions based on ambiguous information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The answers might just provide the clarity you need.
Be true to your heart. If you deal from a place of love, it will not lead you astray.
Remain constant. Be the stability you want in life.
Be curious enough to want to know what is going on around you.
Be brave enough to shake things up and see them for what they are.
Be humble enough to admit when you are wrong and wise enough to learn from your mistakes.
Do what’s best for all rather than only yourself.
Keep your promises and always do the right thing, even at a personal cost.
Be responsible and accountable. Be someone others can count on.
Authenticity is a solid foundation. Be who you are. Live your values.
Be willing to make tough decisions. Take the risk of being unpopular.
Don’t be afraid to be different…what you do might just make THE difference.
If you must stand alone, shine with all your might.
Living in the Gap
January 17, 2012 – Water’s Edge
I had the day off only to wake up to a power outage. Some days things don’t go as planned. I worked until my computer battery died, and then I took my dog for a walk. We made our way to a favorite spot overlooking the water. The heron who almost always greets us flew away upon our arrival. He joined the squawking birds that were skimming the water. The ducks, unbothered by our intrusion, continued to float the rippled water. The wind bit at my face and shifted my hat from my ears. I adjusted it with my gloved fingers only to invite the popping and stinging of static. The water lapped the shoreline, invading nature’s debris.