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Doesn’t finding stuff you wrote a long time ago feel eerily like when you find twenty bucks in some random jacket pocket? Kind of like ‘Oh awesome, I can use that!’ Anyway, I just came across this while cleaning up my office and it reminded me that my life credo could use a little refresh.  

A life credo is a good thing. It can help guide you, from time to time, through the darkness that is indecision. It can remind you of who you are, why you believe you are here, and what you plan to do about it all.

When creating your credo, make sure it rings of what’s true in you and assure that in living by it you leave the world a better place because you were in it.   And though you’ll probably rewrite it as often as you rewrite yourself, if you can hold to these basic principles – you will be the blessing the universe intended you to be.

I’ve had a few life credos over the years, but as I said above, they seem to need to change and stretch over time. It would be so amazing to be able to churn out something vast and profound and poetic like ‘Desderata’

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 vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

or better yet, something simple like Einstein’s

The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious.”

or the famous Whole Earth Catalog final issue sign-off that Steve Jobs made so famous

‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

…but I’m just not there (yet). I’ll keep trying though.


August 2018
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