Seeing Things as We Are

Our life is what our thoughts make it” wrote Marcus Aurelius. These are deeply profound words that give great leaders a moment of pause and reflection on those things that they treasure and value most. Sometimes it is the simplest thoughts that give quiet evidence of them.

One day all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH.

When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That’s TRUST.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.


We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence: ‘I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’


Anais Nin gently counsels great leaders saying: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” May your own thoughts and actions be the role models for others in their own pursuit of their life’s purpose and in living a values-based life filled with caring, selfless giving and love for those whom they touch and serve. As others gather to pray for rain, may you be the one with the umbrella.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!


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2 Responses to Seeing Things as We Are

  1. How fennelly says:

    Thank you mike. The medium is both the message and the messenger. Happy fathers dad from one of your children in learning your thoughtful and loving wisdom.

  2. Katie says:

    This made my day. Truly something to think about.

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