September 12: Principles

Years ago, a friend told me a story about the kite and the string.

He explained how the kite can only fly when it has the help of the string to hold it up and resist against the wind.  He told me how the string could be likened unto the core values and principles and rules we live our lives by, and how the kite could be likened unto us.  He said if we follow our rules, stay true to our personal principles, and live up to our beliefs, adhering to our core values, we will fly through life as the kite, high, majestic, strong, and beautiful.  However, if we didn’t use our string, we would soon be tossed about by the wind and eventually dashed about on the rocks below, becoming tattered, bruised, and broken, unable to fly again unless we were somehow repaired.  The string doesn’t hold us down.  The string FREES us to soar.

I’ve lived my life as a kite with a string and I’ve tried living without it.  I’ve been dashed about on the rocks of life.  I’ve been tattered, bruised, and broken.  I was unable to fly for a time.  Thankfully I have some incredible people in my life who helped to repair me, tie on a new, stronger string, and get me flying again.  I’m grateful to those people for their help.  We all need people, sooner or later, and this is why the relationships we choose to cultivate and the environments we choose to manufacture and live in are so important.  The principles, rules, boundaries, disciplines, practices, strategies and clarity by which we intentionally choose to live each moment of our lives is what truly makes us free.


Today, and always, I will try to be wise, learning my lessons from the mistakes of others.  I will always be proud of the fact that I am consistently living out my life to the very best of my abilities.

PRINCIPLES is a book written by Ray Dalio, in which he explains the importance of principles really well.  When we choose to live each moment of our lives intentionally, and with purpose, by choosing the principles by which we guide our decisions in our lives, the outcomes and results are predictable.  I highly recommend diving deeply into this man’s mind and his world, as he is considered one of the world wealthiest men to ever exist-in ALL areas of life.

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Remember:  Mindset matters.  Character counts.  That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives.  WE CREATE our realities.

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