I Believe

All of us have good in us, just as we all have bad. All will experience anger, despair, and hurt. As we think in our heart, so are we. As we feed our minds with positive thoughts, the negative ones will be displaced. Becoming a better person is loving and being loved. Before we can truly live in the present, we must let go of the past.

Getting satisfaction from giving to others is a Biblical concept. God values each one of us as equal. Healthy living means keeping an eye on the future. Helping others enhances our feelings of self-worth. It is better to talk less and love more. It is much easier to blame than to face up to our responsibilities. It is not always what happens to us that can be so devastating, but how we view it.

Life is a gift, not a right, and our attitude should be one of thankfulness. Love is an event at which we give ourselves to other….No love is pure, so we all have to love in the midst of our own frailties and those of others. No one is an island. People do not change by being put down; they change by being lifted up. The good life is enhanced with the love, support, and affirmation of others. The right meditation will pave the way for a new life.The terrible result of being enslaved to sin is that it will destroy us.

Two things that help everybody are love and forgiveness. Until we feel good about ourselves, it is almost impossible to encourage others.When we decide to follow Biblical principles, the change will be gradual. When we see ourselves as we “really” are, we tend to be more tolerant of others.Without love, everyone is worse off. You must accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and do not mess with “Mr. In-Between.”

Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?

Daniel Taddeo

Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:15 AM, 12.01.2017