February 2018 President's Message

What do you believe in?  Have you ever taken the time to sit down and reflect on what you believe?  I didn't, until I came across a book by Dan Gediman and Jay Allision which was based on an NPR Radio Show.  The book, T his I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women (This I Believe Series Book 1) , contains essays written by a wide variety of people from all walks of life.  When we are young, many of us or at least I thought, all people thought alike.  It was not until we were doing a values assessment in college that I realized how very different and divergent all of us are.  On a side note, my favorite essay is about a woman who believes in the pizza delivery guy.  It will make you laugh and think at the same time when you read it!

Which then leads to what do I believe.  It is really quite amazing that one would think that it would be easy to come up with what you believe in rather quickly, but it does take time to reflect and put down on paper.  Here is what I came up with.  I believe that life is a process of discovery.  That we are constantly trying new things or doing the same things over and over until we figure it out and move on to the next thing. Then as we try different things, we discover that there are unintended consequences, good or bad, that we experience.  The result is that life is a series of lessons and it is ultimately about the journey, not the destination.

~ Cindy Schmitt


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