I Believe

A few people always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble. After establishing the right priorities, we must maintain our focus on each of those priorities. Compassionate (kind) actions involve working with ourselves as much as working with others. Diligent work and effort always precede fruitful blessings and rewards. Even a good thing can become a bad thing when it becomes a ruling force in our life.

For today and its blessings, we owe the world an attitude of gratitude. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. This is one of God’s greatest promises. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. God does not abandon us when we do foolish and stupid things. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also it is the parent of all other virtues.

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. If there is righteousness (fairness) in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If we have tender thoughts about people, we should tell them now. If we spend our lives wishing (you name it), we may never enjoy (you name it). If we want people to trust us, do not give them reason not to.

In God we trust. This appears on our money and is our national motto. It has been said that the only easy way to deal with change is when we are the ones wishing to change. It is a pity and a shame how we break each other’s heart and cause each other pain. It is not our circumstances that create our discontent or contentment. It is we.

Joy exists only in self-acceptance, not a perfect life. Just do something for someone else when you have the opportunity. Know and seek God in every situation, then follow your dreams by trusting in His guidance. Laughter is the closest distance between two people. No family challenge is impossible with loving help.

No parents are perfect; therefore, children (as adults) must learn to unlearn and then relearn. Parents who encourage their children to set goals and go after them deserve an A+. Perseverance is the key to escape and personal satisfaction. Praise and encouragement bring out the best in people and lift them up.

To improve is to change; to approach perfection is to change often. To what we devote our attention will be elevated in our consciousness. We all must guard against culture pollution. We (believers) look for the resurrection of the dead and life in the world to come. Amen. We can build any virtue into our thinking by dwelling on that virtue every day. We can experience our free will by choosing either positive or negative courses of action. We give people permission to make us angry. We have authority over our thoughts, but God does not force us to exercise this aspect of our free will.

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 2, Posted 9:44 AM, 02.05.2018