I Believe

All are blessed when we express our joy. Any new behavior feels a bit unnatural until we grow accustomed to it. Avoid any person or relationship that would slowly prod you down the wrong path. Be generous with praise. Be cautious with criticism and overcome it with goodness. Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

For many, life is what happens when not watching TV. Forgiveness frees and heals the forgiver as well as the forgiven.
Gratitude is a conviction, a practice, and a discipline that benefits everyone. Happiness is a state of mind that depends entirely on the individual involved. Heed not the worst in a person, but seek and love what is best in him or her. Hope lights a candle instead of cursing the darkness. Hurting others and being hurt by them is a two-way street. It is far easier to be pulled down than lifted up. Most of us do not aim too high and miss. We aim too low and hit. Our actions should attract rather than drive others away.

Parents must be heads of the household while ruling with love. Parents need to encourage their children to learn from their mistakes and then forget them. Patient people make the most of trying times and circumstances. People need to maintain proven moral standards to make good choices. People who judge others often do it to make themselves look better at the expense of others.

The future is only a dream and the past no longer exists. The present moment is the only reality. The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude. The most acceptable service we render God is service to His children. We need to be more sensitive of others and not offend them, judge them, or cause them to stumble. We need to think about, ask questions about, and take responsibility for our actions.
What a person believes has everything to do with what a person becomes. When we walk with a cripple, we learn to limp.

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 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020