WE USE EXCUSES TO WALL OURSELVES IN AND EVERY EXCUSE WE ADD KEEPS US FROM MOVING FORWARD OR GAINING KNOWLEDGE. IT IS BECAUSE OF EXCUSES THAT WE NEVER MOVE, CHANGE OR BECOME ALL WE ARE CREATED TO BE. OUR ARMOR OF EXCUSES WEIGHS US DOWN SO WE DROWN IN OUR EXCUSES. REMEMBER EVERYTHING WE DO, GOOD OR BAD, HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT IN OUR WORLD.
As a small child I learned not to make excuses. We were taught that if asked to do something it was because we could accomplish it and that someone was always there to encourage us. Many lessons were given so I will share one with you. When I was two my learning started, I was asked to do many small things such as go and bring water to the Grandmothers when they were in the cornfields. When I did this I was told how important it was and how much I had helped take care of the corn. Then I was sent out on another errand usually more difficult and/or something I hadn’t done before. I was learning to always be busy and helpful. If I tried to make an excuse, such as I didn’t know how, too tired, wanted to do something else that I already knew or just play, I was told a “story” about how excuses would make me too heavy to do anything, even things I wanted to do and then ignored until I was ready to try. Once I started there was someone to help and encourage me and when I accomplished it there were always kind words for helping, then I was reminded that everyone must help. Everyone always ready to help me showed this. We were always taught by examples.
“Knowledge is not wisdom”
REMEMBER, EVERY DAY SHOULD BEGIN BY SAYING WHO CAN I HELP TODAY, HOW MUCH GOOD CAN I DO, HOW MUCH JOY CAN I GIVE, HOW MUCH LOVE CAN I SHARE, HOW MUCH PEACE CAN I BRING TO MYSELF, OTHERS AND THE EARTH AND END EACH DAY BY NAMING THOSE WHO WE HAVE HELPED, BY NAMING HOW MUCH GOOD WE HAVE DONE, HOW MUCH JOY WE HAVE GIVEN, HOW MUCH LOVE WE HAVE SHARED AND HOW MUCH PEACE WE HAVE BROUGHT TO OURSELVES, OTHERS AND THE EARTH. ONLY THEN CAN WE BEGIN TO ACHIEVE OUR GENTLENESS, OUR STRENGTH OUR SENSE OF WORTH AND BECOME WHO WE WERE CREATED TO BE. IT IS TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR WORDS, THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS TOWARD EACH OTHER AND THE EARTH.