My parents always told me to strive to do my best, whatever the circumstance. Bosses told me to work equally hard at those things I didn’t like as those I did. Sunday school taught me to ‘do unto others as I would have them do unto me’. Experience taught me that retaliation is self injurious, and the high road leaves you with a much better, overall view of the landscape. These last several years solidified my resolve to seek truth over acceptance from others.
These building blocks of life-guidance, as well as the literally dozens of others that I have internalized over my lifetime so far, have slowly made me who I am today and will be years from now.
We all have aggregated mantras that build over a lifetime to help us create an admirable work ethic, a true moral compass, a living empathy for others, a tender and honest heart, solid objectivity in the evaluation of truth, and the ability to clearly view an environmental heatmap of human kind. The cumulative value is also instrumental in providing the skillset for discovering true peace, joy and wisdom in our daily life. I am truly thankful for my path so far and look forward to what lies ahead.
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ― Vincent Van Gogh