Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watch your character. It becomes your destiny.


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Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that if we but fix those around us, that our lives will miraculously fall into place and that we will find happiness and success. The problem lies not so much with the fixing as it does with the perception that others are somehow broken.

When we travel down the slippery slope to looking at others and seeing their flaws, we begin to set ourselves up for developing a critical character that seeks out the misfortunes and frailties of others. In the process, we deny ourselves the joy of life and soon begin to reap the negative repercussions  of our critical character.

For today, guard against the tendency to see others as somehow broken and look beyond their flaws to uncover their inner goodness. Seek to build them up with uplifting words and actions. Not only are you doing good for others, you will soon begin to reap the benefits of positive energy and positive light.

Today, I am grateful for melting snow and ice, for the glisten from the sun's rays as it reflects on the winter's snow, and for tiny riverlets of water that make their way down the road. 
I am grateful for children as they splash and play in muddy water that announces spring, for the robin who I hear is headed north, and for the crow that soars above the earth calling out for the world to wake in spring.
I am grateful for new writing opportunities that have come my way, for the ability to express in written word the musings of the soul, and for quiet moments to reflect on the direction I should go. 
I am grateful for family without whom the journey would be meaningless, for old friends who always come back into your life for a reason, and for life-long friends who are always there no matter where life leads. 
I am grateful for the vastness of the Universe, the glory of nature and the beauty of my little corner of the world. 
And, I am grateful for you, dear reader, as you stop and share my day. May you choose your thoughts and actions wisely and strive to build up others as you go forward in the direction of your dreams.

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