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Keeping from Pettiness - What If?

by Caballero_69 (writer), North Hills of Pittsburgh PA, April 16, 2011

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Pettiness - mean spirited, small minded, fixated thinking and acting pollutes our lives and endangers our nation and the world.

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for lives that are less than the ones, we are capable of living or accepting a world that is less than the one we are capable of building.” Nelson Mandela

By thinking big thoughts rather than small ones and using the best words rather than the worst ones, each of us will enhance the quality of our thinking and our communication. If we stop looking for faults in others and start looking for improvements in ourselves, we will be more accepting of and helpful to others. By seeking the best for all rather than just the best for ourselves, we can release the talents of those around to make progress on the issues and challenges we all care about.

If we abandon pretense, and encounter each other honestly with minds liberated from spite, resentment, and prejudice will it not be more likely that we act on the ideals and ideas that unite rather than the suspicions and delusions that divide us. Once we are honestly united, can we not make more considered and considerate decisions? Could we not be more genuine and generous in our actions?

If we give each task, each thing, each person the time they deserve and resolve to grow calm, strive to remain serene and dare to be gentle, might the world both look and become a more enchanting and empowering place?

If we allow life to teach us to act upon our better impulses and attend to our better angels, might we not simply demonstrate the courage of our convictions and be the people we truly ought to be.

By acknowledging, the little things of life create difficulties and dissension, might we not recognize and realize that the big things bring us together and challenge us to build a better world.

If in every instance, we persist in being kind, could we not transform the earth from a vale of tears and a house of horrors to a safe haven and loving home for all humanity?



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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on April 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

well said, champ...

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By Caballero_69 on April 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Thank you Mike!

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By Caballero_69 on April 16, 2011 at 06:01 pm

Thank you Julian!

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By Caballero_69 on April 17, 2011 at 06:44 am

Cher,

Coming from you this means the world!

A local friend and I were discussing Keeping and he mentioned that it was sad that so many people act and talk as though ideals are irrelevant or unrealistic. I agreed with him. The book I am working on, A Republic if We Can Keep It, is an attempt to persuade enough of my fellow Americans that we should pledge our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, to reviving and realizing the ideals on which this country was founded. These were truths, not delusions or figments of the imagination. My thought is - people get weary and sick of trying, but we cannot let the bastards grind us down.

If we Americans cannot or will not hold true to our noble heritage, then what is being American all about?

As one of my favorite singers says, "But you know we gotta do it; We gotta keep on keeping on; Because if we don't do it nobody else is gonna; But you know if we can't do it with a smile on our face; You know if we can't love in our hearts then. children we ain't got no right to do it at all.

As ever Cher, thank you!

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