September 3, 2015

Thursday Thought

As I mentioned in this post, the Thursday Thought this week would be from Anne Frank.

"People who are religious should be glad, since not everyone is blessed with the ability to believe in a higher order. You don't even have to live in fear of eternal punishment; the concepts of purgatory, heaven and hell are difficult for many people to accept, yet religion itself, any religion, keeps a person on the right path. Not the fear of God, but upholding your own sense of honour and obeying your own conscience. How noble and good everyone would be if, at the end of each day, they were to review their own behaviour and weigh up the rights and wrongs. They would automatically try to do better at the start of each new day and, after a while, would certainly accomplish a great deal. Everyone is welcome to this prescription; it costs nothing and is definitely useful. Those who don't know will have to find out by experience that 'a quiet conscience gives you strength'!" - Anne Frank

I love this! These words written by Anne ring true with me. I believe "upholding your own sense of honour and obeying your conscience" can change a person for the better and I strive to live my life this way. Typically I weigh my options before making a decision. After a make a choice, I reflect back on the choice I made and ask myself if I did the right thing. More often than not I feel that I have made the right choice and I feel a sense of peace. When the moments arrive when I feel that I have made a bad choice I pray to God, to help me to be better and I do what I can to correct any "wrong" choices I made. If everyone were to really live the Anne talks about, I believe the world would be a much better place.