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Report Card: One Month into Forming a New Habit

Last month, I told you that the one resolution I made this year was to live life in honesty, openness and truth, to the best of my ability, in every interaction, in every matter.

Forming a New Habit, Brad W. Smith photographer, Lifeishotblog

Being at the helm of your life requires great skill to navigate the obstacles

I also said that I was only going to keep this resolution for one month, with an option to renew each month, and to let you know in early February how well it worked for me in January.

When I started this blog it was to engage in conversation about what it means to be honest in what we say and do, to be open to others – who most likely have differing viewpoints, and to be true to ourselves in all situations.  Continue reading

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The Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lives On in All of Us

Today we honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who above all else, was governed by personal boundaries and values.

The Dream of Martin Luther King, Lincoln Memorial, Brad W. Smith photographer

Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

While Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when I was too young to comprehend his significance, my parents taught me those same values.

I spent some time recently reading his famous quotes and was struck by how my own principles parallel his. I have codified my values in my own eight Life Amendments. I use this code of conduct to go forward in life assured I am adhering to my precious values.

If we are to go forward, we must go back

and rediscover those precious values – that

all reality hinges on moral foundations 

and that all reality has spiritual control.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I look at my Life Amendments, I see Martin Luther King, Jr’s influence on my life and see how his dream lives on.  His dream lives on in all of us through our actions and words.
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The One Resolution You Must Keep

Chances are good you made at least one resolution for 2013. Last year, I made 12 of them. A year later, I can confidently say that I have kept three and a half of them

One resolution you must keep, Lifeishotblog, commitment

I promise to take a good look at myself from time to time.

and have adopted them as part of my life. (I give myself partial credit for one that I’ve kept some of the time.) Honestly, I made no effort on the other eight.

Whether you kept your resolutions last year or not does not matter. The year is over. It is done. What matters is whether you are where you want to be in your life.

This year I’ve only made one resolution and it’s a resolution that each of us would do well to keep. Continue reading

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