Oh how I promise to never tell another person what to believe, rather I support them listening to it all, listen to all the noise and filter it with your heart, listening to your souls voice.
I used to think that people who I believed were above me because of status, income, fame or whatever I thought made them superior to me. Today I recognize that being in a position of leadership is a HUGE responsibility and I want to remember to always respect everyone as equal and valuable.
I do not need anyone to follow me, I would rather we walk side by side and listen to it all deciding for ourselves what to keep and what to discard. We are all equal, all valuable, there are greater and lesser persons than ourselves in every walk of life. We have much to offer and much to gain when we recognize our own worth as well as the worth of others.
I promise to myself to remember to never feel threatened if someone walks their own path leading away from me, I recognize I was whole when they joined me, grew from their involvement in our paths coming together and I am whole when they part, being better for both experiences.
I am walking my path now, I am getting it more and more each day, it is a blessing and I really want to remember to let it stay that, a blessing and never a burden.
Gain and Loss are equally valuable and can bring out the best or the worst of us, let the best grow, water the seeds of love and let the seeds of greed, hate, jealousy and pride stay buried.
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy