On Standing Alone

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.

34 thoughts on “On Standing Alone

  1. Great advice on a good way to live as a humble and accountable person. I have definitely learned a lot from my life’s mistakes. Love the beach photo. It was so warm here today – 71. Hard to imagine a hat and gloves. 🙂

  2. Wise words. Sometimes it is difficult to stand by what we believe when those around us think differently.

    This makes me think of a line in a Country song (by Aaron Tippin, I think): “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” I always liked that line…

  3. So wise 🙂 I love every word that you wrote, Suzi. Yes, I really need to learn to make a tough decision. Most of all I have problem in decision making. Thank you for sharing this, Suzi 🙂

  4. Thanks for the inspiration Suzicate.

    “Keep your promises and always do the right thing, even at a personal cost.” A golden message that I need to impress upon our kids–no matter what society tells them.

  5. Woot! Woot! Woot!

    FANTASTIC post, Suzi!!!!

    There are so many things you mentioned here that I want to stand up and say, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

    “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.”

    Amen!

    “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.”

    You said it!

    Thank you for sharing this, my friend.

    Have a terrific Tuesday!

    X

    P.S. LOVE the photo. It’s AWESOME!

    • Dirt Man took that photo of the single vinca blossom on the vine…love it!
      I have stood up alone on principle before and it is difficult, but I felt it was the right thing to do…everyone else probably thought I was crazy, but I was actually calling them out on a decision that was so called made in a “Christian” manner!

  6. I think it’s important to march to your own drummer too. It won’t always make you popular, but you’ll feel better about yourself if you do it. But always keep in mind that everyone does not hear the same drummer or even the same tune.

  7. The processing on your periwinkle blossom is very nice! Your wisdom is once again spot on! And when life gives you lemons, trade them in for limes, invite a friend and make mojitos! 🙂

    • Dirt Man didn’t achieve this with the processing but used the color accent mode. The color image is took is wonderful, too.
      Gotta’ always look for the bright side of things…always a lesson in there somewhere; just a matter of searching for it.

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