In These Troubling Times, Stay True to Yourself: My 12 Convictions
I love the above quote from Ellen Degeneres.
Frankly, I love everything about Ellen: her humor, her compassion, her strong sense of self, her love of animals, and her soft heart despite the many hard life lessons she’s learned.
We’re a year out from a presidential election, which I think is always a scary prospect since it incents the crazies to come out of the asylum. People start thumping their chests over all kinds of nonsense, and sometimes it makes me want to dig a hole in the ground and crawl right in.
But then again . . . snakes.
Anyway, I guess the best game plan moving forward during the next year or so for me is to know who I am, what I hold dear, and to stay true to myself and my convictions.
Personally, I believe:
1. That above all other customs and traditions and trappings in life, our main goal should be to live through love, and be helpful, respectful, and kind to our fellow beings: man and animal.
2. That our integrity should never have a price tag.
3. That decency and courtesy actually matter.
4. That life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people.
5. That it’s 2015, and it’s well beyond time that all people are treated equally, not just in words, but in deeds.
6. That a day without laughter is a great misfortune.
7. That whoever decided to call it “common sense”, didn’t know that many people.
8. That we need to quickly realize that we only have one Earth before it’s too late. After all, there is no “Plan-et” B.
9. That racism, sexism, and other harmful “isms” aren’t inherent, they’re taught. And we must unteach them. ASAP.
10. That we should strive to collect moments, not things.
11. That strong people stand up for themselves, but even stronger people stand up for others.
12. That living through your convictions is a heck of a lot harder than it might sound. It’s not what you say you believe that matters as much as how you live your life.
How about you? What would you add or take away to create your list?