Hello, my name is Richard W. Anton. I am a writer. I’m sorry to say that in the last few years all I have written is a dozen or so brief blog posts. In fact, I hardly ever write and yet I call myself a writer.
I know what this sounds like, but I have ideas, advice, future scenarios, and it seems to me that I ought to share these for someones benefit, if only my own. Perhaps I’m just a little crazy or somewhat more narcissistic than most, but what I have and what I want to share might also hold value for us. Value for our community, value for our shared culture, a possible value for humanity. A dreamer? Definitely. Why not? Isn’t this where all great notions come from anyway?
I also admit to being an idealist. An idealist with values and a conscience. Some might say that if that’s true, I have nothing of value for them. I say back that what I share has tremendous value to a potential future that has not yet fully realized itself. It not only wants to breathe, to move and to act on the stage of life but has an inner force that ensures that it will do just that. I admit that I want to influence you and your future. Just consider what I’m saying. The future as it is will come one way or another. This way, you can be a part of it, align with it, and have it work in your favor.
Most of us – not all – believe that it is probably a fact that a nice home, vehicles out in front, and vacations equate with a high quality of life. In other words, money buys happiness. Not true you say. Yet the time, effort and energy that many of us spend on work, just to earn more money, so that we can buy these niceties of life seem to indicate otherwise.
The Power of Spirituality
The cool part of spiritual power is that it doesn’t matter where you live, what you look like, or what you drive. Neither education nor history is essential to our happiness. It just works that way. Spirituality is not necessarily about religion, either. It’s not about belonging to this club or that group or even sharing certain beliefs with others. But it is – I think – about practicing your beliefs. Not just remembering some of them on a weekly or bi-weekly, but ritualistically getting in touch with that which cannot be directly proven, then taking action and practicing benevolent behaviors that are in alignment with those beliefs. Practicing a self-discipline that assists us to become our best version of ourselves is essential.
Fine tune ourselves. That’s the message. Let’s not just get an oil change, rather allow our beliefs to crystallize into convictions. Let’s not preach our convictions to others. Wash with them every day. Allow them to cleanse us often. Drink them in and allow ourselves to become what we eat. Then share ourselves with others. Lead by example. See ourselves as leaders, and at this time of year, practice the time-honored tradition of Santa Clause. Ask, how we can follow his example and give something of value to others.