Thursday, October 7, 2010

Check List

Never be unmindful of your own dignity.

John Brown
To be a good citizen of your nation and the world. To obey the just laws and challenge the unjust ones. To be courageous in the face of danger. To be compassionate in the face of trouble.

To support and take care of your family. To be respectful of your neighbors. To avoid excessive noise and ugliness. To amicably confront your neighbors about theirs. To forgive people for their wrong choices. To visit sick or imprisoned friends. To look out for the children of the world and to respect the elders.

To support organizations that are doing good things for people, animals and the environment. To be grateful for the ground you walk on, the air you breathe and the light and rain over your head.

To be aware and sensitive to other people's needs. To avoid anger and aggression. To let reason and intelligence guide your activities. To let love grow in your thoughts.

To be conscientious and expert at you labors. To do more than is required of you. To seek out ways to do things better.

To heal hurts, to patch up wounds, to settle disputes and to soothe pains. To find answers. To fix the broken things. To be brave. To be gentle.

To get out of debt and stay there. To do favors and return those you receive. To live frugally and smartly. To be generous. To provide food, clothes, shelter, rides, equipment, advice, encouragement to those who need them without expecting any returns.

To set reasonable standards for yourself and live by them. To form appropriate goals and pursue them without quitting. To forgive yourself for your failures and humbly accept your successes.

To weigh and measure everything carefully in terms of its relative value to you, your family, your community and the world. To not settle for the mediocre, substandard, insufficient or inadequate.

To build a strong foundation of faith in yourself. To daily fuel your hopes for a happier life. To imagine a better world and work to help make it so.

To ignore the downward pulling effect of pain, grief and depression, but to declare and announce your right to the freedom of your existence.

To approach every day and every hour with dignity, gladness, the expectation of good and a sense of humor.

DB - The Vagabond

(This is not a contest.)

At what event of the past do you wish you could be present? Why?

2 responses so far.

Thank you.


Valerie said...

This check list is beautiful, Dana. I am going to print it out. There is so much apathy and greed in this world. Not for me! This is very poetic. I hope it stirs souls. Thank you! Love you, my friend. Val =)

krissy knox said...

The check list is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Like Valerie, I too shall print it out. Some of it reminds me of the Prayer of Saint Francis. I will print that one out also, and place it right next to it, on my wall. Thanks for this beautiful post, db. Love you, krissy knox

krissy knox said...

i forgot to say, dana, i love, love love your blog background! how did you make it? was it from a blogging service, or did you find it as a blogger template on the regular blogger site that they offer us? i need a new blogger template. could you please let me know where to get one? i won't copy you, LOL. thanks. much love, krissy knox. :)

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

A pretty good lifelist :o)