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(1) DO (2) SOMETHING (3) AS YOU ARE (4) POSITIVELY (5) WITH OTHERS
(1) DO - Turn some thought into action - today, this week, now.
You thought of a friend - okay, turn that thought into an email,
a letter, a phone call. Don’t put it off. As the advertisement
says, Just do it. Practice turning thoughts into things.
(2) SOMETHING - Even a small action is better than no action.
Okay, you can’t liberate some Bastille in some far away
country, but you can send support to Amnesty International. Don’t
use the small action to appease your conscience if you know a
larger action is called for, but don’t underestimate the
value of the small action. Each helpful action is like planting
an oasis in a desert. If there were enough oases, there would
eventually be no desert.
(3) AS YOU ARE - It is good to have confidence in a breakthrough
into some place you want to be, but on the way there be your best
right where you are now. Don’t regret who you are. Start
where you are. Tune the strings of your own life and profession.
Not tomorrow, today. Seize the moment, draw out your good.
(4) POSITIVELY - Attend to attitude. It is a spiritual law that
like attracts like. Be forgiving. Be patient. Be confident. Expect
the good. Address your feelings. Let them speak to you, and also
seek to change them as you would adjust your thinking when faced
with a problem-solving task. I sometimes project my feelings on
to a screen - maybe as a color, or as a climate - to get a sense
of the emotional state out of which I am facing my world. Then
I call up the faith out of which I live and create a climate of
(5) WITH OTHERS - For the ethical person, relationships have
a priority. Practice to improve them right where you are. We are
not waiting on the ideal to descend from the skies. We are making
the ideal real right here and now. With the person we are with
- in the family, at work, in our religious group, in our daily
world. Each encounter is a challenge to be my ethical best.