Don’t live in shame alone. The sneaky thing about shame is that it requires privacy. The moment you share your shame, it vanishes and its grip along with it. But, that’s the catch.
Shame protects itself. Shame doesn’t want to be exposed. Shame won’t let itself be expunged. So, when you threaten the life of your own shame, your own shame will give you pain. How much do you want your shame gone?
Do you want it gone enough to make it go away? Do you want it gone enough to tell your friends? They love you, not your shame. · · · →
We must have victory, though victory rarely arrives the way we think it will. Usually, we can achieve victory in fierce peace; occasionally victory requires war. Too often we jump to war, which is why we fail too often. More war is not the answer. But, if that’s what we want, we can keep the failure that follows unneeded war.
Many times we choose weakness—to lay down as floor mats, thinking self-abuse is peaceful. Nearly all struggles have a peaceful path to victory and few ever find it. Those few who do are more than peace-lovers; they are peacemakers. · · · →
Storms are made of raindrops. Any one drop by itself seems insignificant, though a single drop on your forehead can warn you of millions more on the way. That’s the power of raindrops: They work together.
Democracies thrive on free speech. Open communication of ideas allows the government formed by the people to access its most valuable resource: information from the public. Legislatures vote on ideas because of ideas. And, those small, simple ideas have their power because they are exchanged through small, simple conversations.
So, everywhere you go, drip your ideas. You might not believe what difference you make. · · · →
Friendship hurts. Fake friends don’t know our flaws, then hate us when our daily facade wears off and we can’t mask our flaws any longer. Real friends see each others’ flaws and don’t care. Real friends accept each other just as they are.
But, it hurts. Friends do things that hurt us. We may lose the friends we hurt. Can you endure the price of pain required by a real friendship? Most of us fear causing enough pain to earn a worthy friend because we fear the risks of rejection and being injured. But, real friendship makes it worth it. · · · →