November 9

Reflection

It is both sobering and challenging, disconcerting and exhilarating to reflect on the fact that we who are alive now are creating the future. What we do or fail to do is shaping our world as well as ourselves. It is an awesome responsibility which we lose sight of in the routine of our lives. If we stop and measure our lives against this yardstick we cannot allow ourselves to lose heart. This is our time; we are the only ones living in this period of earth’s history. The Creative Mystery is working through us. None of us is irrelevant.  Each of us can tip the scales of the whole by the choices we make and the impact of our lives.

Prayer

May we have the vision and courage we need.

Action

Envision the future you want for the children in your family and for those who are yet to be born. What kind of world, what kind of planet earth do you want for them? What can you contribute toward making this possible? What do you have to do to heighten your own awareness?

Suggested Reading

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Abraham Lincoln

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
Les Brown

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Denis Waitley

Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.
Ralph Marston

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
Helen Keller

When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity.
Rose Kennedy

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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