What I am looking for are specific principles rather than, say, general references to religious writings or religious figures. A quote of a religious leader or from a religious book would be great though. I'll start out with mine as an example.
The guiding principles of my life are four character traits:
If I can live somewhat consistently according to these standards, I will have lived a good life.
Your turn now...........
1.) Learning to listen to the needs of others
2.) Love the ones who love you. Love those who you wish you could send to the moon!
3.) Letting go of things that stop me from laughing and enjoying life!
4.) Loyalty for those who deserve to be given loyalty
5.) Humility, This one life is all we have to learn how to be significant to others, and when we see how far we have come or how close we are. This is the time to stop and say thank you Universe.
Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
New Living Translation (©2007)
I have to say this knowledge guides me, for without it I'd be confused and hopeless------
There is a God.
I am not Him.
I am just dust of the earth except for the fact that He Loves me.
I Love Him because He first Loved me.
It doesn't get any better than that.
I have more of a guiding belief... that my life is an adventure and journey. Contemplating this helps me to see with awareness and overcome my "programming". Of course I uphold the standard values of honesty, love, etc... as principles too, but I don't use them to guide me. If I were to name principles that DO guide me, I would think of: curiosity, wonder, gratefulness, understanding... anything that allows me a deeper insight into my fellow man, and ultimately myself.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
~ Emily Dickinson
"An you harm none, do as you will." ~ which I have discussed before. Both halves of the Rede are equally important, and sometimes the hardest part is being honest enough with yourself to learn what you truly wish, Neverending Story style, and make it happen.
I didn't really mean to ignore my forum post. The responses so far are outstanding examples of principles that guide us in life. It is so helpful to have something like what we have been discussing as opposed to just drifting through life. Thanks, I hope we have some more input.
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