We, as individuals can change our own destiny, simply by taking responsibility for our own decisions, by fighting our petty resistances against change and fear, by learning more about our hearts and our minds. By practicing to see and hear and touch and feel as we have never before used these senses, by creating something with our own hands without demanding perfection, by listening to the words we utter to our wives, our kids, and our friends, by listening to the words and looking into the eyes of those who speak to us, by learning to respect the process of our own creative encounters, and by having the faith that they will get us somewhere soon. We must face our own shortcomings, mistakes, and transgressions. And we must decide to leave our beds and live again. And if we fail, we don’t have the comfort of blaming others or life or God.

A spiritual Bryantism from John Hope Bryant

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