when my friend molly was a teenager she wrote herself a credo. and when she died this past spring her friends and family received copies of this credo. since then and because of personal events in my own life, i have been thinking about what my credo might look like. i considered writing one but felt some self-consciousness about it. molly's was beautifully melodramatic and superlative just the way a teenager's should be. but i'm a wizened and worldly (insert wry smile) 40-something.
then about a week ago i went to sleep thinking about this and when i woke up i wrote what i'm calling my life principles. it's not poetic or dreamy. in this way it fits with my frame of mind at this point in my life. it's basic. and it's true to me.
1. live in appreciation for and close to nature
2. produce my own food and buy local
3. do work i enjoy
4. have time to be creative
5. have time to spend with family and friends
6. always read. always learn.
7. be a positive force
8. stand up for what i believe
someday i imagine i might write a more creative version, when i am in a different spot in life, but right now these are a nice anchor for me.
if you have a credo or principles or any such i'd love to read them.