Found on Pinterest while browsing for inspiration.
The George Washington Carver List really touched me. Also included are quotes by other Great Minds, Leaders, and Speakers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, and Thomas Sowell.
I think we often forget the wisdom of our past by belittling history’s accomplishments because we don’t agree with the social or societal “norms” of the time.
It’s important to look at all our Forefathers: Political, and Social leaders through the lens of what life was at like in their time.
Just because society wasn’t perfect, or an individual historical figure wasn’t perfect, does NOT DISMISS their overwhelming accomplishments.
Someday, people are going to look back on THIS time and judge.
How do you want to be judged?
By all the things you did and tried to do?
By your very human failings and mistakes?
We ALL have them.
God said, “Let he without sin cast the first stone.”
I am imperfect. I’ve made mistakes, hurt people, made bad choices.
I HOPE when I am gone, those are not the focus of my legacy.
I hope when I’m gone, I am remembered for the good I tried to add to the world. The love and time I gave to family and friends and strangers; for accepting people as they are, not how I wish they were.
If you haven’t already, watch “God’s Not Dead.” It’s a powerful movie, an amalgam of court cases between schools and faith organizations.
It speaks loudly of faith being a choice we all have in a free society, just as we have the choice to not have a faith. It speaks to the battle ground of today’s society’s fear of supporting people of faith.
The Newsboys music is featured and the movie ends at Newsboys concert.
You’ll recognize many famous faces in this movie.
I hope you find it as powerful, moving, and uplifting as I did.
This is a harsh reality for some, but for me I find comfort in being Responsible.
As a person who grew up under severely dysfunctional and abusive circumstances, having the ability to be responsible for my life is a gift. It means I am no longer a victim of my life. I am the commander, with God as my compass, and I have the power to choose.
I can choose to change a situation by speaking up, or by removing myself.
I can choose to react or respond, or to walk away with no explanation.
I can choose where I focus my energy and what I deem important in my life.
Yes, choices are hard. Life is difficult. Bad things happen.
Still, I can choose to walk my path with God as my guide.
I can choose to ask others for help and support.
I can choose to share my life, and who I let stay in my life.
There is so much POWER to be had in being RESPONSIBLE.
A BIG part of my Power Word for 2021: Balance, is learning to walk away from energy draining experiences.
Gotta be HONEST… this is HARD WORK for me! I’m an emotional person. I feel everything deeply. Discussions about Issues and values I hold dear to my heart are hard to walk away from.
I’m increasingly finding that people (especially on social media) want to drag me into arguments rather than honest discussion of differing opinions, ideologies, and values. These so-called “accepting people” would rather finger-point and yell and scream. This is a useless undertaking. These people aren’t interested in a discussion about the complexity of an issue. They simply want to “Take a Stand” and tell me how I am wrong or even a bad person if I disagree with their cause, ideology, or opinion.
This is a complete waste of time and energy. Yet the drama is VERY addicting.
I must work hard to resist the pull of these futile endeavors.
My mantra: “I am living my life in balance and with healthy boundaries.”
Nothing in today’s world is going to be better if i sacrifice my peace of mind.
Life is hard enough without inviting someone else’s “Crazy” into my consciousness.