Recently, Danielle Egnew, a beautiful voice in the spiritual community, attended the Interchange Symposium Board in Bozeman, Montana where she sat with a Rabbi, a Muslim woman, a Christian Pastor, a military general, a new energy entrepreneur, and an infectious disease specialist. At 2:00 that morning, she put together a list of consciousness-focusing life modalities. She then set them to music and developed a YouTube video to express these heartfelt thoughts. She calls it ‘Words to Live By…My Credo for the 21st Century.’ It’s a marvelous video with empowering words and I would like to share them with you.
“I am not interested in what is wrong. I am interested in what is right. If you have solutions, I’m interested. Come share them with me. I’ll share mine with you. I’ve gone bored with shock cynicism. I refuse to sacrifice further IQ points at the altar of the lowest common denominator. Fear is not my University. Providing a shoulder to cry on is part of my design. Lies are boring. Us-against-them is boring. Mean, insulting, cutting, bullying, defensiveness, nastiness…boring. I’m not interest in distracting myself with the illusion of limitation. Debates are for the undecided. I’m happy to discuss. Consensus is my religion. Love is the language of God. I am at peace in the knowledge that at any given time, someone will be completely unhappy with my perspective. I don’t need to be ‘in control.’ I do need to be aware. I’m awake. In this awareness there can sometimes be pain, loneliness, and fear. This awareness does not define reality…but the state of my own reality in that moment. There is nothing on this earth that love cannot heal. I am designed to radiate love. And so are you. I assume the best…as I’m simply not interested in the worst. I do not mistake hyper vigilance for provision. Anger is a symptom of pain. Love is my bottom line.”
A creed is defined as, ‘a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone's actions,’ and is often a shared statement of belief such as the Nicene Creed, which was established as a statement of faith in Christianity between believers. Creed was derived from the Latin word ‘credo,’ which means ‘I believe.’ Credo is more of a personal statement and is not necessarily used by a group.
Another great creed was written by Christian D. Larson. It’s called “The Optimist Creed.” “Promise yourself…. To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
We can always use someone else’s creed or credo, we can add to them, or we can write our own. They are words to live by and express our personal beliefs, integrity, and character. Sometimes, I’ll sing positive and optimistic songs as my credo. Other times, I’ll read a creed over and over to get the positive words engrained in my brain. Words have power and it’s up to us to use them for good, not only for ourselves, but for the world. They can be short sentences or as long as you want. They can even be written into poems. Most of all, they should be an expression of who you are as these glorious beings living on this great planet we call Mother Earth.
Once we have our credo developed, we then need to practice living the words we have written. If you need help, here are two great quotes to get you started:
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” Gandhi
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” John Wesley
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper October 14, 2016.