24 June 2014
Good Morning, Young Warriors. It is my desire to find you in the midst of a storm and refusing to succumb. Stand strong and hold the fort. Thomas Carlyle wisely stated, “Every Noble Work was at first impossible.” Remember this when confronted with a difficult or severe task. Young Warriors, I must challenge you to address these situations with consistency and moderation. Daily work performed consistently with moderation and absolute persistence always slays the dragon!
Today I want to share a short essay from one of history’s most fascinating people; Helen Keller. Born deaf and blind, she was able to overcome her handicap and use them to her advantage. She lived a very noble life that has become an example that still stands tall today. Her courage in her convictions allowed her to be the first recorded person in history to earn a bachelors degree while battling the hardships of being blind and deaf. Yes, her life started out as one that did not have the makings of something stellar, but, she indeed made a “noble work” out of what first was thought impossible.
I believe that we can live on earth according to the teachings of Jesus, and that the greatest happiness will come to the world when man obeys His commandments that “ye love one another.”
I believe that every question between man and man is a religious question and that every social wrong is a moral wrong.
I believe that we can live on earth according to the fulfillment of God’s will, and that when the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven, every man will love his fellow men and act toward them as he desires they should act toward him. I believe that the welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
I believe that life is given us so we may grow in love, and I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower-the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence
I believe that only in broken gleams has the Sun of Truth yet shone upon men. I believe that love will finally establish the Kingdom of God on earth, and that the cornerstones of that Kingdom will be Liberty, Truth, Brotherhood, and Service.
I believe that no good shall be lost, and that all man has willed or hoped or dreamed of good shall exist forever.
I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings. I believe that the state we enter after death is wrought of our own motives, thoughts and deeds. I believe that in the life to come I shall have the senses I have not had here, and that my home there will be beautiful with color, music, and speech of flowers and faces I love.
Without this faith there would be little meaning in my life. I should be “a mere pillar of darkness in the dark.” Observers in the full enjoyment of their bodily senses pity me, but it is because they do not see the golden chamber in my life where I dwell delighted; for, dark as my path may seem to them, I carry a magic light in my heart. Faith, the spiritual strong searchlight, illumines the way, and although, sinister doubts lurk in the shadow, I walk unafraid toward the Enchanted Wood where the foliage is always green, where joy abides, where nightingales nest and sing, and where life and death are one in the Presence of the Lord.
Archimedes of Syracuse, a Greek philosopher said, “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.” Young Warriors, I believe this applies to everyone; even little girls who are blind and deaf. Establish your place, Young Warriors, and go out… and Move the World!!
In Strength, Honor, and Virtue!