Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thoughts - February 1, 2017

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
― James Baldwin.
As anyone who has read my thoughts for awhile, you may notice I'm not too fond of sayings e.g. "she made her bed, now she can sleep in it" or similar ideas on choices directing our whole lives. It makes life sound so dire and the result of a few bad immature choices (and who didn't do that?). But I see a truth in Mr. Baldwin's words when he says 'what they have allowed themselves to become.' Every single day we have the choice to be kind, not to be bitter, attentive to others, nice to ourselves, to be in awe of Creation, and to be respectful. Even if at one time we were not. We may have a history of things that make us hang our heads in shame, but today we can turn them towards the Sunshine, ask others to forgive us (or we forgive, as the case may be), and do what we need to do. - Beth Almond Ford

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