To live simply and humbly with honor, love and serve others meaningfully, and worship God faithfully.
I endeavor to live a simple and humble life giving all of God’s creations just due.
Spiritual – I love God with all my heart, mind, and strength. I pray for guidance and count and give thanks for my blessings daily. “I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will” (5) .
Social – I love and serve others meaningfully. I love, respect and honor my family and friends. I strive to make friendship a fine art (1). “I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his or her right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order” (5).
Personal – I am true to myself and true to others as well. I tell the truth. I choose the hard right over the easy wrong. I strive for success by doing the best I can with what I have. I live a simple and humble life with honor. I treasure the beauty of nature and I appreciate the beauty of the arts. I seek first to understand and then to be understood (2).
Professional – I am a servant leader. I have a passion for the work I do and I receive pure joy in doing an excellent job. I strive to develop my skills as a college business office professional. “I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no one a living, but that it owes each person an opportunity to make a living” (5). I learned from my uncle GB that the simplest task can be meaningful if I do it in the right spirit.
Physical – I am in good health. I study personal health care issues to understand and to prepare myself for what may come my way. I have annual physical exams and heed the advice given. I shall endeavor to keep a healthy body and mind.
Financial – I am financially secure. “I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business, or personal affairs” (5). I believe in Benjamin Franklin’s statement regarding frugality, “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; that is waste nothing”.
Philanthropical – I give to charities with joy. As all I have come from God, I will obey His will and give according to His commandment. I believe the greatest of all pleasures is in doing for others.
(1) Wooden, A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, by Coach John Wooden, 1997, Speech to BSC Black Tie Club Banquet, April 11, 1985; (2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, 1989; (3) The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, by Hyrum W. Smith, 1994; (4) Benjamin Franklin, Twelve Virtues – His Governing Values; (5) “Creed of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.”, The Economics Press, 1990; (6) The Plan, by my friend David Hilton Dyson, 1980 to Present. Revised: January 1, 2001.