Yesterday I published Randy Shelby’s Life Creed. Today, I am publishing mine. It is a slightly edited version of his.
- Even when negative things are happening around me that would make me sad-hearted or even depressed or despairing, I will remind myself of all the good and positive things in my life that bring me joy such as…
- The gift of eternal life through Jesus, The Messiah.
- The life partner, girl-friend and lover that God sent me as a gift in November of 1972.
- My children, all four of them, two biological and two “in-law.”
- My grand-children.
- Having had both my parents and all my grand-parents in my life for many more years than some of my friends.
- The gifts and talents God has bestowed upon me; one of which is my ability to sing fairly well and therefore lead God’s people in praising Him.
- The opportunity to work at such an awesome place as Mt. St. Joseph; an answer to an unspoken prayer request. Apparently His Spirit within me knew I wanted to be here and made intercession on my behalf.
- Relatively good health for a man my age.
- Even as my mind and body age, when pain and forgetfulness become part of my daily routine, I will not allow these natural processes to make me resentful or bitter, but will remind myself this is the price I must pay for being born into this world. I will remind myself of all the good days that I do feel well and will be thankful for all that life brings.
- When I am poignantly aware of all the negatives of life, I will not give-in to self-pity, or negative feelings of regret, but will see my expanding waistline and graying and thinning hair as symbols of a long life, knowing that the only alternative is to die young. I will take stock of the things I have learned and my capacity and desire to continue to learn new things. I am determined to live my life with confidence in spite of the indifference I may encounter and will marvel at how my viewpoint continues to evolve and my understanding broadens.
- I will remain cheerful and hopeful in spite of pseudo-evidence to the contrary.
- I will remain enthusiastic about life and maintain a positive attitude, even when things displease me and don’t go the way I would like.
- I will continue efforts to remain connected to others in the Real World and the Virtual World. Life is what we make of it, so I will endeavor to continue to put forth effort to maintain contact with family and friends and to be always open to the possibility of making new friends.
- I will give mercy and forgiveness to others and to myself, making peace with the failures and mistakes of my past no matter how difficult this may be.
- I will maintain an attitude of gratitude with the goal of becoming more mindful, more aware, more enlightened, and more awakened to all that is good in my life.
- I will be loving and patient with everyone I encounter and also with myself.
Dennis H. Wilson
February 20, 2014