I Believe

A nation without means to reform is without means of survival. All of us should have the equal opportunity to develop our talents. American politics would be elevated by a renewed commitment to the common good. Authority comes not by telling others what to do, but from doing the things you want others to do. Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. Behind and beyond events we cannot comprehend is God, who cares for us personally and passionately. Being mean to others might make us feel good for a while, but it is bad for all in the end. Belief comes before understanding and on this foundation understanding grows.

Each of us has a calling. We are invited to use our gifts to serve others and spread the good news. Enforcing the laws already in the book should happen before new laws are made. Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. Give me the roses while I live, trying to cheer me on. Useless are the flowers that you give after I am gone.

Ingredients of a successful life are courage, curiosity, and hard work. It takes many spokes to support the hub of the wheel of life, which allows it to turn and do its job. Just one praiseworthy statement about a person can save a relationship. Materialism to extremes robs a nation of its moral values. None but ourselves can free our minds.

Our prayers are not in vain even when the results are not what we expected. Parents need the help of others to raise their children. “It takes a village to raise a child.” Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The church building is not where we find God. The church is anywhere God is obeyed and worshipped. The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

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.

Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 3:37 PM, 09.02.2018