The State of Me

Obama State of the UnionI Believe in the Power of Words.

The Quote, attributed to many, goes:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

A Few Nights ago, the President of the United States, BARACK OBAMA, gave his Final State of the Union Address.

I began to think about the Words he spoke,
and wondered if much of it could be applied to ourselves as Individuals,
And if each of us were Kind and Nurturing to Ourselves,
How that would affect the Country, and the World, as a Whole.
GHANDI said, “If you want Peace, Be Peaceful.”

Let’s try speaking to ourselves, and applying not to the Concept of “a country,” but rather to ourselves as Persons, or adopting as a Mantra any of the following Excerpts from Tuesday Evening’s Speech* (Allow “I” to be yourself — Try thinking of these phrases all in the First Person.):

“[I’ve] been through big changes before”

“[Think] anew, Act anew.”

“Emerge stronger and better than before.”

“Our unique strengths…
our optimism and work ethic,
our spirit of discovery and innovation,
our diversity and commitment…
these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security”

“Progress is not inevitable. It is the result of choices we make together.”

“Will we face the future with confidence in who we are,
what we stand for,
and the incredible things we can do together?”

“We’ve made progress…We need to make more.”

“At some point in [our] careers, [we] may have to retool and retrain.”

“How do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges?”

“That spirit of discovery is in our DNA.”

“We can do so much more.”

“Our reach has no limit.”

“There’s a… patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our…power.”

“Help…[the] vulnerable… Protect[] our children”

“Help…feed… people and care for the sick,”

“Reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion.”

“Understand[] what makes us strong.”

“Respect every faith.”

“We rise and fall together.”

“We can have rational, constructive debates.”

“Change the system to reflect our better selves.”

“Reduce the influence of money”

“Find a real solution.”

“I can’t do these things on my own.”

“If we give up now, then we forsake a better future.”

“Our collective future depends on [my] willingness.”

“Stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.”

“It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible…and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter.”

“None of this will happen overnight”

“Rally[] the world behind causes that are right.”

“We live in a time of extraordinary change… And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate.”

“We can work together”

“[We can] Surprise the cynics”

“All these things still matter…they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done.”

I want to focus on our future.”

“Love…overrides everything [we’ve] been taught.”
[Be]“Clear-eyed.
Big-hearted.
Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“I believe in you.”

*slight adaptations made in tenses and pronouns, to apply the wording to oneself.

The Complete Text May be Found Here: View story at Medium.com

I like the Actions, Habits, Character and Destiny toward which these Words can Lead Me.

I then took a look at some of the Words spoken at Last Night’s Republican Debate, and tried the same exercise. (Again, this was just looking at the Words spoken, and seeing if I could turn them into Affirmations to look at what it promises in terms of our Destiny):
Santorum Huckabee

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

 

 

 

 

“The state of our economy is not strong. We have record numbers of men out of work. We have record numbers of women living in poverty. We have young people who no longer believe that the American dream applies to them.” (Florin)

“[We’re] punished for working harder…there are a lot of people who are hurting today. (Huckabee)

“How bad [our] economy is.” (Santorum)

“The world is more dangerous and a more tragic place.” (Fiorina)

“Terrorists assume it’s open season.” (Fiorina)

“We will get more provocation and bad behavior.” (Fiorina)

“Destroy…threat…fight…destroy…kill and destroy our enemy” (Huckabee)

“We are angry and frustrated and fearful…Of course, we should be worried…” (Fiorina)

“Bombs, material, arms, intelligence… I will provide all of it.” (Fiorina)

“Ladies and gentlemen, they’re attacking us as we speak. They’re attacking us all day every day.” (Santorum)

“There are criminals running around with guns who shouldn’t have them.” (Fiorina)

“[I] do not know how to innovate.” (Fiorina)

“I’ve been to more gun shows than President Obama.
And, I’ve bought more weapons at them” (Huckabee)

“We don’t buy it. We don’t believe it.” (Huckabee)

“Everything is gone. Cars stop. Planes fall out of the sky” (Santorum)

“Nobody is focused…wages have flat-lined.” (Santorum)

“[We] will retire[] virtually crippled.” (Huckabee)

“Punish behavior” (Huckabee)

“America is frustrated and angry” (Santorum)

“We continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day.” (Huckabee)

“Sit down and be quiet. Settle. Settle.” (Fiorina)

Read the Complete Transcript Here

Words.
Actions.
Habits.
Character.
Destiny…

I would put my Destiny in the hands of the Words articulated by BARACK OBAMA Any Day of the Week, and I am Proud that he is My President.

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  1. Your comparison between Obama’s speech and what was said in the Republican debate should be required reading before anyone steps into the voting booth later this year. Hooray, Arnold!

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