“The real tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he still lives.”
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
Who can take responsibility for your life and what you choose to do but you? Will you stay silent and close your eyes to what is happening or will you find your voice and speak up in a world that needs you? Once you gain awareness, you no longer have the luxury of living in ignorance. When things occur, pay attention to the stirrings of your soul speaking louder and louder until you are unable to ignore the call. Perhaps you asked for enlightenment. Perhaps you happened upon it. Perhaps you finally just started to ask the right questions that opened the doors to your mind, welcomed you to venture on the path closest to your heart until you are ready to lift the veil and stand face to face with your destiny. Once this shift begins to occur, embrace the fact that there is no going back. While life is not meant to be complicated, no one ever said that the important decisions would be easy ones especially if you make the choice not to die inside while you are still alive.
Look around now that you do you see, not with your eyes but with your heart. There is a restlessness at that very moment when you are faced with the choice to turn away from your very soul or embrace it. For hope to stay alive, the buck must stop here with you to take responsibility for what happens in your life.
As the story goes, U.S. president Harry S. Truman had a sign with “The Buck Stops Here” inscribed on his desk. This was meant to remind him that he didn’t ‘pass the buck‘ to anyone else but accepted personal responsibility for the way the country was governed. Good leadership starts with personal responsibility for what you do has an impact on the world. Then let your life be an example to others that we are in this together. There is no us v. them. There is no taking without giving. A life built on the foundation of service, compassion, respect and integrity will set a tone for others to follow. Do what you can, where you stand. For you are the one responsible for your life, the buck stops with you. You cannot stay silent if you want to truly live. Remember it is in times of difficulty that you and your powerful, inspirational voice is needed most. Do not leave it for someone else or another day. Freedom is never promised, well earned, but never promised. Stay grateful for having the opportunity and ability to champion the same, for others are counting on you! You are the hope for a better day and that stops and begins with you!
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