After Talking With Dad

If we don't decide what we are living for, who we want to be and what we believe, then we don't live. We just survive. We can be bought, we can be told what to do, we can trade our time for money. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. We have to live at a higher level, we have to dedicate ourselves to something greater than ourselves, we have to believe that we can become the change we wish to see in the world. Whatever we expect the world to become will happen. We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are. It is great. It is horrible. It is doomed. It is improving. When we become the change we wish to see we do the one thing we can in our lifetime, we choose to live. We don't talk about it, we don't hope, or wish, or expect someone else to do it. We don't give up, we don't give in, we don't say things will always be the way they have been. We say that we will no longer stand idle or wanting, we will change things. We will take personal responsibility for every area of our lives and everything we influence. We will do everything in our power to make the change we expect. We will live the way we wish everyone else would. We are kind. We are helpful. We are sustainable. We don't tell anyone else how to live before we live that life ourselves. We dedicate ourselves to becoming the kind of people others will look to and be inspired by. We can do this or not, our world just depends on it.